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Upcoming Talk 02.09.22 | New Approaches to Palouse Prairie Outreach and Restoration

Join us on Wednesday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for the next installment of our Conservation Talk Series! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein (paraphrased, 1946)

Ecosystem restoration is rarely easy, especially when working with the most endangered ecosystems at a local, national, and global scale. Here on the Palouse, The Phoenix Conservancy's (TPC) restoration work is designed to take advantage of unique opportunities, using innovative restoration tools and forging unexpected partnerships as they work to reverse the decline of Palouse Prairie. In this talk, TPC staff will introduce their exciting projects for 2022 and give a preview of some major projects on the horizon, as well as provide some great ways to get involved in Palouse Prairie restoration this year.

Unable to join us for this presentation? The recording will be posted here the next day.


About Our Speakers

Executive Director: Chris Duke

Chris holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Washington State University, an MS in Biology from Syracuse University, a BS in Zoology from Western Washington University. Chris is currently serving as Executive Director for The Phoenix Conservancy as of July 1, 2020. One of the co-founders of TPC, Chris has worked in the field and taught science at all levels across North and South America. His love of rainforests and passion for restoring degraded ecosystems stems from more a than a decade of global travel, and is a driving force behind his work with our organization. In his role as Executive Director, Chris’s central responsibility is effectively overseeing TPC projects and the organization’s development and growth. Under his direction, The Phoenix Conservancy is rapidly growing and expanding, increasing our organization’s ability to restore endangered ecosystems. He is tasked with securing funding and resources to ensure the success of all TPC operations and staff, expanding the organization’s operations to new project areas, and helping The Phoenix Conservancy thrive in unprecedented times.

Palouse Prairie Manager: Sarah Hill

Sarah serves as the Palouse Prairie Program manager for the Phoenix Conservancy. Though she grew up exploring forests and oak prairies west of the Cascade Range, Sarah's curiosity, love of learning, and passion for conservation led her to immerse herself in various ecoregions around the world. She has been a naturalist and backcountry guide, bushcraft skills and arts instructor, indigenous cultural programs director, farm hand, botanist, native seed collector, and nursery manager. Regardless of her job description, she has been motivated to connect people to the landscapes they live in, and inspire folks to be active stewards of their native landscape. She holds a BS in Life Science from the University of Portland, and a MS in Biology from Eastern Washington University, where she studied Palouse Prairie restoration and also established EWU's native plant propagation and seed collection program. As the Palouse Prairie Project Manager, Sarah is excited to expand the Phoenix Conservancy’s capacity to meet the growing demand for local native plant materials, build a robust restoration monitoring program, create new regional partnerships, and expand the number of acres being actively restored across the Palouse.

Education & Outreach Manager: Alison Crowley

Alison was born in Michigan, created in Hawaii, and discovered a foundation in Idaho. She has experienced a lot of life through conservation. Her love of the outdoors started when she was young but solidified when she entered her undergraduate at Michigan State University. For 6 years she worked in conservation in Hawaii as a Field Crew Supervisor, roaming the remote mountains of Oahu, in search of invasive species. Since living in Idaho, she has created two podcasts that focus on conservation, wellness, and recreation. She enjoys showcasing the stories and efforts of our stewards of our land. She received a Master's of Natural Resources through the University of Idaho at McCall Outdoor School of Science (MOSS). As a graduate student at MOSS, Alison learned to provide meaningful contextual experiences in both natural and constructed environments that give access to a diverse range of audiences. She enjoys entwining our natural world with education, and educating our youth about their local environment helps to establish a sense of place and create meaning. When she is not working at TPC, she works as a Project Manager for the Walla Walla County Conservation District. During non-work hours she can be found exploring mountains, trail running, yoga, and cycling.

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