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Linda Rohleder - Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM)

In 2013, Linda received her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied the effects of deer on forest understories. While attending graduate school she worked as a park ranger in Monmouth County, NJ and taught beginning biology labs at Rutgers. Before returning to school, she worked for many years at AT&T as a project manager and software developer. Linda built the Trail Conference’s InvasivesStrike Force volunteer program. By 2016, the program had trained about 400 invasives-mapping volunteers who collectively had surveyed more than 1,200 miles of trail for invasive plants. She has organized invasives-removal workdays in parks across southern New York and northern New Jersey. Linda also has spent more than 10 years creating a native plant wildlife habitat in her backyard.

Michael Young - Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Manager

In 2015, Michael received his B.S. in landscape architecture with a concentration in ecological design from Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Mike interned with the Central Park Conservancy as a project manager and spent two seasons with Maplewood Township in New Jersey as a horticultural specialist. Before returning to Rutgers, he worked as a material planner in corporate aviation for Dassault Falcon Jet. Earlier in life, he was the trail maintainer for Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary along the Palisades where a desire to protect our native environment was fostered. More recently, he was a crew member of the 2016 Invasive Strike Force Crew. Michael has a passion for the environment and looks forward to seeing you out volunteering with the crew.

Eric Stone - Invasives Program Educator and Volunteer Coordinator

Eric joined the Trail Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM Staff after three years as a naturalist with Westchester County Parks. He graduated from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY in 2012 with a B.S. in Natural History Interpretation and minors in Recreation Resource Management and Environmental Writing and Rhetoric. While in school, he developed a passion for connecting people to the land through hands-on experiences. This he brought with him to experiences with San Mateo Outdoor Education in La Honda California, Trackers Earth in Portland Oregon, Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket Massachusetts and Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca, New York. In his free time he enjoys teaching ancestral living skills and cooking over a campfire.

 

Samantha Epstein - Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator

Lindsay Yoder - Assistant Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator