Meet Landscape and Livelihood 2019

Get to know the latest class of Landscape and Livelihood!

LYDIA

LYDIA

Name: Lydia Landau

School (Major) / Work: University of Montana Western (environmental science major)

Where are you from? I grew up in Maryland, but I've been living all over the West for the last eight years. Most recently, I lived in Dillon, MT for two years.

What attracted you to this program? I love experiential learning and and have gotten to do a lot of it at Western, but I was excited about the prospect of learning more about the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and incorporating conservation into the experience.

What are you most excited about learning? I'm most excited to learn naturalist skills and feel more at home in this ecosystem.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? I think I'd like to work in conservation or environmental restoration.

What's a fun fact about you? I worked on organic meat and dairy farms for five years.


LUKE

LUKE

Name: Luke Kempers

School (Major) / Work: My major is Biology with an emphasis in ecology, evolution, and behavior

Where are you from?: I was born in Philidelphia, from Boise, Idaho

What attracted you to this program? I wanted to experience nature and its systems rather than learn about the theories and ideas without any true depth.

What are you most excited about learning? I am excited to learn the interpretations and collaborative ideas about the Swan Valley through my fellow peers.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? I would love to implement what I learn at SVC into awareness about a particular piece of land in areas where wilderness therapy is used as a tool for personal development.

What's a fun fact about you? I enjoy creating abstract digital collages in Adobe Photoshop!

MARION

MARION

Name: Marion Willmus

School (Major) / Work: University of Montana, Biology and Resource Conservation.

Where are you from?  Most recently, Missoula, MT.

What attracted you to this program?  I wanted an immersive learning environment. I was also very interested in the Swan as a place. I figured I might not know who I am or where I'm going, but I can at least know where I am.

What are you most excited about learning? I want to learn the details of life here. I want to meet people who know how much this place matters and who do the day-to-day tasks. I want to study the log cabins, learn the shapes of the mountains, and find my context here.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? I'm hoping that I emerge with a better sense of self. Too often I seek overstimulation as a remedy for stagnation, but I need to find a way to get along with myself.

What's a fun fact about you? I enjoy knitting.

FIONA

FIONA

Name: Fiona Hill

School (Major) / Work: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Natural Resources Conservation

Where are you from?: West Newbury, Massachusetts

What attracted you to this program?: I wanted to experience immersive learning and a culture that is very different from mine back home. I wanted to challenge myself with rural living and outdoor skill learning. I also love the mountains and wanted an excuse to live in them for a while!

What are you most excited about learning?: I’m really excited about learning the connections between human industry and ecosystem conservation & preservation. I think that understanding how we can reach a compromise between human economy that may not necessarily be very environmentally friendly and the conservation needs of the area.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program?: I hope to learn the practical field skills of conservation, but beyond that, the skills that I will have learned from living in close quarters to people in a rural environment will be invaluable. I think those skills of being able to work with people and understand their points of view will be essential to my success throughout my life.

What's a fun fact about you?: Even though I’m considered to live in a very densely populated and suburbanized part of the country, I live on a small homestead-style property with solar energy, a large vegetable garden, and three goats, two horses, honey bees, and chickens!

FORREST

FORREST

Name: Forrest Smith

School (Major) / Work: University of Montana (Resource Conservation in the School of Forestry and Conservation

Where are you from? Born and Raised in Dallas, TX. Have lived and worked in Montana and Idaho since 2013.

What are you most excited about learning? Tracking and signs was one of the things I most looked forward to. I’m also excited to work more on plant ID. Overall, I’m excited to focus my learning on one specific place and ecosystem as to better understand the relationships not only between species but also those I can create between myself and place.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? I hope to apply an extensive naturalist knowledge and gained skills as a natural resource moderator in order to forever work and advocate for our public lands.

What's a fun fact about you? While I’ve lived in the NW, I have been working seasonally for the US Forest Service as a trailworker.



ANNIE

ANNIE

Name: Annie Vance

School (Major) / Work: University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of the Environmentand Natural Resources, Major: Forestry

Where are you from? Danielson, CT

What attracted you to this program? This program is essentially everything I couldever want from an educational experience. Here, I have the opportunity to learn not only from seasoned professionals and renown scientists, but also from locals who have lived off this land their whole lives and rely on the land to sustain and nourish their bodies, souls, and minds. As someone who doesn’t fare well in a traditional classroom setting and prefers to learn by doing, SVC’s Landscape & Livelihoods is the perfect program. I’m outside learning from the landscape and forming my own connection with this wonderful slice of Montana – what more could I want?

What are you most excited about learning? I’m really excited to get a glimpse into western forestry, but I’m most excited to learn more about water resources. I know very little about stream and river ecology and pretty much nothing about fish, and there isn’t a better place to learn about such topics than in some of the healthiest cold-water streams in the country.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? While the ecosystems and people might be different, the skills I’ll learn here in Montana will be applicable wherever I go, be it back home in New England or on the other side of the planet. And I don’t just the mean the scientific skills like assessing stream health or monitoring wildlife populations; I also mean the social skills and ability to see the world from the perspective of someone completely different than me. So, while I might not be able to use a DBH tape or stream thermometer in every situation, I will always be able to reference the relationships I will build here in Montana to help guide relationships with future employers, co-workers, neighbors, and strangers I meet along the way.

What's a fun fact about you? I’m a Forestry major whose never gone camping or backpacking – the closest I’ve gotten is sleeping in a tent in my backyard when I was very young.



PEYTON

PEYTON

Name: Peyton Loss

School (Major) / Work: Undecided, U of MN or UGA for Agronomy/Agribusiness and/or water sciences

Where are you from? Brainerd, MN

What are you most excited about learning? After Wildlife in the West I realized that I wanted to follow a different course than the one I was set on, and Landscape and Livelihood provided the opportunity to explore agriculture through an ecologically sustainable lens.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? Eventually working in a field where the goal is to produce food for the ever-growing population in a more sustainable way that uses less resources and water

What's a fun fact about you? I can produce any necessary item from my car at any time.


DONATO

DONATO

Name: Donato Callahan

School (Major) / Work: Boise State University, Biology Major w/Ecology, Evolution, Behavior Emphasis

Where are you from? Bettendorf, Iowa

What attracted you to this program? The chance to become more well-rounded and explore the field aspect of sustainability and conservation

What are you most excited about learning? Tree identification, resource usage, and manipulating an ecosystem for maximum yield with minimum stress.

How do you hope to apply what you learn here to whatever goals you have after finishing school/this program? I hope to apply my better understanding of field work and the lands we are working on to assist my personal life choices, my career with the government, and influencing policy.

What's a fun fact about you?: I partook in varsity high school show choir and I enjoy fitness.