Solano Land Trust Hires New Staff
Over the past few months, Solano Land Trust has added to its team of stewardship and land management experts. These experts will help us further our mission to permanently protect natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connect the community to these lands.
Jordan Knippenberg joined Solano Land Trust as Field Steward in February 2014 to help maintain our land and facilities. Jordan helps with the maintenance of trails, roads and fencing, and the control of weeds on Solano Land Trust properties. Originally from upstate New York, Jordan received his B.A. in Art with a concentration in Art Therapy from the University of New York in Potsdam. He worked with at-risk teens in the wilderness of the Adirondack Park, and cleared trails, packed horses, and moderated trail use in the Santa Fe National Forest. From Montana to Louisiana to Arizona, Jordan has spent time professionally and personally being captivated by the experience of being surrounded by nature. Jordan’s vast experience working on the land and interacting with the public will be a great asset to the Land Trust.
Bernhard Warzecha joined Solano Land Trust as the Stewardship Coordinator in May 2014. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Freie Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, and holds a M.S. in Biology/Ecology from San Francisco State University. Besides working for Solano Land Trust on its Rush Ranch and Jepson Prairie properties, Bernhard will also be supporting the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with its activities at Rush Ranch, including biological monitoring and the monitoring of sea level rise. The Stewardship Coordinator takes a lead role in management plan implementation, restoration, and invasive species management. Bernhard got interested in land stewardship after working for several organizations involved in sustainable land management, monitoring and restoration, including the Don Edward’s National Refuge Complex managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Steve Kohlmann also joined our leadership team in May 2014. The Stewardship Director is a new position established to manage the Land Trust’s almost 12,000 acres of natural areas and working ranchlands. These lands support local agriculture, serve as protected wildlife habitat and outdoor classrooms, and provide hiking, biking and equestrian trails to the region. Steve will work in collaboration with our many partners, including the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of California Reserve System, local Resource Conservation Districts, and volunteer groups who support the Land Trust’s efforts. Steve is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with over 20 years of experience in academia, state government and ecological consulting. He holds a Master’s Degree in Forest Sciences and a Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. We are very excited to have these new stewardship and land experts on our team!