At the end of last summer, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky sought seasonal staff to implement land management activities around the state. They couldn’t have found a more qualified candidate than Michael Locatelli.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Mike attended the University of Tennessee where he received a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After working as a Wildlife Technician for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, he accepted this seasonal position with The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky in order to return to a part of the country which holds a special place in his heart.
“I worked as a white water raft guide along the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains for several years during college,” says Locatelli. “I’ve grown to love the waterways in the region and am happiest working anywhere outdoors.”
Now based in Lexington, Mike is working with Pulaski and Jessamine counties to plan and implement conservation strategies on lands purchased from the Conservancy with Heritage Land Conservation Board funding. Mike also assists with stewardship needs across the state, including prescribed fire, exotic species control, trail maintenance and kiosk construction.
His supervisor, Chris Minor, sees a bright future for Locatelli, adding, "Help from seasonal employees like Mike is invaluable to accomplishing our mission in Kentucky."