Each spring, the JHLT welcomes stewardship associates to the team. They spend the summer months working in the field with fellow staff and landowners to sustain and enhance the conservation values of easements across Northwest Wyoming. Meet this year’s stewardship associates, Eric Gokee and Micah Melczer!
Eric was born in northern Minnesota and grew up in central Vermont. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a BA in environmental studies, Eric was drawn to Jackson Hole for its unrivaled outdoor recreation opportunities, intact ecosystems, and tight-knit community. His seasonal work for the US Forest Service in Oregon and Wyoming has inspired him to pursue a career focused on conservation, natural resource management, and environmental education. Eric is especially interested in the reconciliation of human development and ecological resilience, and he is eager to better understand these dynamics through his work at the Land Trust. In his free time, Eric enjoys roaming the Earth by means of hiking, biking, skiing, and backpacking.
Prior to joining the land trust, Micah worked on the Idaho side of the border monitoring and mitigating the spread of an invasive nematode which vigorously attacks potato plants. Before that, he worked on prairie and woodland restoration projects in the Midwest, conducted forest and aquatic floral inventories, and did invasive species management work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In his free time, he used to hike and run in the hills. Micah has a newborn girl, however, so free time is harder to come by!