The Prairie Enthusiasts Land Protection Associate, volunteer

Forty-five years of experience in natural area inventory, assessment, and management of prairie, sedge meadow, oak savanna, and oak woodland ecosystems.  Research projects have included effects of the seasonal timing of fire on prairie plants, purple loosestrife ecology and control, prairie insect inventory and management, and effects of fire in oak woodlands.


B.S.  University of Wisconsin-Madison  -  1977.  Biological Aspects of Conservation


M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison  -  1981.  Landscape Architecture – Natural Resources

            Thesis:  “Effects of the seasonal timing of fire on prairie vegetation”


1981 to 1989:  Consultant/Proprietor of Natural Area Management


1983 to 2017:  Ecologist  -  WDNR Bureau of Science Services (retired)


Active volunteer with the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy land stewardship program 1975 to 2005, and The Prairie Enthusiasts land management program from 1992 to present.  Served on the board of Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for 8 years.  Served on the board of The Prairie Enthusiasts from 1992 to present, including 5 years as president.

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For more information contact Cindy Becker, 

Southern Driftless Grasslands Coordinator, 

(608) 930-3252 or email at

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