Salute to Wildland Fire Veteran Bob Wilken

April 27, 2022

Bob Wilken, a long-time wildland fire expert,  is retiring after 47 years of service in wildland fire management and habitat restoration and protection. A graduate of Southeastern Illinois College with a degree in Forestry, his career spans across longleaf ecosystems in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, the pine barrens of the Northeast, the prairies of the…

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Balancing the Conservation Equation

January 27, 2022

Meet TLA’s Edward O’Daniels WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE LONGLEAF ALLIANCE? As the Cogongrass Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance, I work to bring the many partners together with private landowners to work together on a landscape scale to push out this noxious invasive species. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN CONSERVATION? For years I…

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Conservation Behind the Scenes

October 28, 2021

Meet TLA’s Lynnsey Basala I am the Vice President for Development, providing executive leadership, strategic direction, and management of all fundraising efforts, including foundation partnerships, individual and corporate donor campaigns/events, records management, and fiscal accountability. I pivoted from nonprofit national health organizational  development work to the conservation field when I relocated to the Lowcountry in…

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Transitioning like a Rocket-Stage Longleaf

September 16, 2021

Meet TLA’s Abe Huang I’m a seasonal wetland restoration technician. We work within the diverse hub of agencies that makes up the REPI partnership, where concerted efforts are brought together to improve the bottomlands of the Gulf Coastal Plain. I knew I wanted to work outdoors. I got started in natural resource conservation after changing…

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Finding a Passion for Amphibians and Reptiles

July 30, 2021

Meet Jessica Sandoval Jessica has been on staff with The Longleaf Alliance since 2018, but begins a new journey in a few short weeks as she pursues a M.S. in Biology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a focus on aquatic ecology. We are happy to celebrate Jessica’s numerous contributions by sharing her story for…

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Conserving the Natural World for the Next Generation

July 2, 2021

Meet Ronald Henderson This week The Longleaf Alliance is sending off Ronald Henderson III as he transitions to his new adventure with The Nature Conservancy. Thank you, Ronald, for your hard work with TLA this past year. Best of luck! I’m a seasonal wetland restoration technician. I go in the wetlands, clear out unnecessary brush…

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