Natural Areas & Preserves Manager
Becky fell in love with the beauty of Northern Michigan as a teenager spending her summers canoeing the AuSable River at summer camp. Inspired by nature and her passion for the outdoors, Becky began on a path to study Environmental Science and a career in conservation. Becky has extensive experience addressing invasive species, and planning and directing work crews and volunteers. She has been a liaison to partner organizations and landowners, as well as a spokesperson. She has served two AmeriCorps terms in the Mojave Desert and Northern Arizona, conducted flora inventories in the canyons and mountains of Idaho, and spent 6 years as a Biological Science Technician with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Becky and her husband, Jason, landed in Leelanau County in 2008 after serving two years as Peace Corps Volunteers in Tanzania. “We knew we wanted to call this our forever home after spending our first winter in Leelanau County.” says Becky. “Being surrounded by so much natural beauty and experiencing the welcoming community made it feel more like home than any other place we had lived.”
She understands and values the importance of access to nature and enjoys working to ensure the ecological health of protected lands and finding ways to make them accessible. She joined our team in 2015. Becky, her husband Jason, and sons Fen and Ira live on a 10-acre farm in Maple City.