Meet Our New Land Stewards

Read about Iowa's new land stewards, Joe Tucker & Emily Hohman.

Joseph Tucker, Eastern Iowa Land Steward

Joe was born and raised in the small town of Waupaca, located in central Wisconsin.  During his youth, Joe spent much of his time outdoors exploring the 40 acres of woodland and field his family lived on, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Attending the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Joe obtained his B.S. in Political Science, as well as Public Administration and Policy Analysis in 2005.  A short time later, he returned to the same university and obtained a B.S. in Forestry Management, graduating in 2008.  While attending college, and the summers he had off, he worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Hartman Creek State Park and for the Forestry Division suppressing wildfires.  Traveling to Colorado in 2004 and 2005, Joe worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, conducting prescribed burns and furthering his wildfire suppression experiences.  In 2006 and 2007, he was employed as a wildland firefighter at Wind Cave National Park and later as a Forestry Technician for the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.  After graduation, Joe worked on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.  Prior to obtaining his new position with The Nature Conservancy, Joe worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Endangered Resources for 2 ½ years in northeast Wisconsin as a Conservation Biologist, restoring native plant communities.

During his spare time, Joe enjoys mountain biking, running, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and fishing.  His love for history, nature, and politics is always an ongoing pursuit.  Most importantly is his time spent with and corresponding with his friends and family, especially his three young nephews and one niece.

Emily Hohman, Western Iowa Land Steward

Emily has been with TNC in several different capacities since 2005. She began as a volunteer and then as a seasonal employee with the Michigan Chapter. In 2008 she transitioned into a position as the West Michigan Assistant Land Steward, in which capacity she was responsible for all stewardship activities on TNC preserves and easements in the western half of the Lower Peninsula. In March 2011, Emily came to the Iowa Chapter as the new Western Iowa Land Steward based at Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve. Her position in Iowa, while similar in many ways to her work in Michigan, offers new opportunities to learn about Great Plains prairie management and bison, which she is very excited about. She also has a particular interest in prescribed fire management and fire ecology and is looking forward to learning more about fire management in the Loess Hills and across Iowa.

Emily has a M.Sc. in Biology with an emphasis in Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. Her master’s project was conducted in partnership with the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission and consisted of designing and implementing a shortgrass and wet prairie restoration project on County property. Emily is a qualified Firefighter Type I and is working on completing her Single Resource Boss task-book.


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