Julie Hart, Dutchess Land Conservancy’s Senior Manager of Stewardship and Education and the DLC’s resident ecologist and educator. She is responsible for many aspects of conservation easement stewardship and also coordinates DLC’s education and outreach programs, working with many local conservation organizations, schools, and colleges to present programs for landowners, municipal leaders, environmental science students, and the general public.
Gretchen Stevens has worked as a field biologist in the northeastern US for over 40 years, and here in the Hudson Valley for over 30. She is director of Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center, which promotes the protection of species, habitats, and ecosystems by placing good scientific information in the hands of agencies, land owners, and individuals most involved in deciding about land development and conservation. She has co-authored regional studies that analyzed landscape characteristics—such as habitat continuity, geologic and topographic complexity, stream corridors, known locations and habitats for rare or sensitive species, and potential movement corridors for wildlife—to identify the areas that may be of greatest importance for maintaining ecosystem functions in the warming climate.
Michael Jastremski is the Watershed Conservation Director for the Housatonic Valley Association. He joined HVA in March 2013. He coordinates the Stream Team program, organizes cleanups, and educates the community on river issues. Mike came to HVA from New York’s Delaware County Planning Department where he served as the Environmental Planner and, before that, the Stream Management Planner. Mike’s experience includes work with communities on stream-corridor management, water-quality protection and planning, environmental regulation, natural-hazard mitigation, habitat restoration, storm-water management, and site-plan review.