Greening Welcomes New Ecologist and Restoration Technician

Great River Greening is excited to announce the addition of two new team members who will help us achieve our restoration goals in the metro area and state-wide!

267Ecologist, Steve Thomforde (M.S., Restoration Ecology, University of Wisconsin, Madison) has over 20 years experience as an educator, contractor, researcher, and ecologist with positions at the Minnesota Zoo, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his own restoration company. His projects in design, installation and management have covered a variety of plant communities and land use conditions, including grasslands, streambank restoration and farmland. In his role at Greening he will assess project sites, foster partnerships, assist with project development, design, and installation. He has a special interest in linking restoration to social systems, in ways that benefit the land and our communities. Steve enjoys wilderness canoeing, cross country skiing, and working on his family farm restoring oak savanna.



263Restoration Technician, Nels Anderson (M.S. Environmental Geography/Bio-geography candidate, University of North Dakota,B.S. Geography/Natural Resource Management & Planning/GIS, Bemidji State University) has worked with numerous agencies in land management projects in prairie, erosion control, watershed analysis, water quality, and GIS, including The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and Minnesota and Michigan departments of natural resources. For agricultural areas specifically he’s completed wetland delineation and runoff assessment using remote sensing and GIS, rotational grazing for restoration and wildlife, and easement administration. He will assist and collaborate with landowners to enhance water quality through implementation of conservation practices within the Minnesota River basin, primarily the Seven Mile Creek Watershed located south of St. Peter. Nels enjoys fishing, hunting, traveling and adventuring with Loki, his Karelian Bear Dog.