Taking Root: Futures in Conservation

Meet the 2016 Stewardship Crew

Who are the hands and minds at work managing Wildlands Conservancy’s nine nature preserves totaling more than 2,600 acres?

Meet our Stewardship Crew – college students and recent graduates who are realizing careers within the natural world – right here in the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh River watershed.

Now in its third year, the Stewardship Crew program taps the talent of up-and-coming conservation leaders and involves them in hands-on invasive species management, trail creation and the overall beautification of our preserves.

 2016 Stewardship Crew (left to right): Jason Bateman - Penn State University Class of 2019 - Wildlife and Fisheries Science Major, Michael Burns - Millersville University Class of 2017 - Physical Oceanography Major and Meteorology Minor, Zach Sisson - Bucknell University Class of 2018 - Biology Major, and Kevin Ruppert – holds a B.S. in physics and B.S. in mathematics from Kutztown University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education.

2016 Stewardship Crew (left to right): Jason Bateman – Penn State University Class of 2019 – Wildlife and Fisheries Science Major, Michael Burns – Millersville University Class of 2017 – Physical Oceanography Major and Meteorology Minor, Zach Sisson – Bucknell University Class of 2018 – Biology Major, and Kevin Ruppert – holds a B.S. in physics and B.S. in mathematics from Kutztown University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education.