Conservation District Members

Brendan Hallmark

Organization serving: Missoula Conservation District

Location: Missoula

I was born and raised in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Temple University.  I enjoy a great cup of coffee and a good book.  When I have free time, I like to explore nature through hiking, camping, and trail running.  Growing up in the tristate area, I played ice hockey competitively and got to travel all around the east.  I am looking forward to delving into the great opportunities that Montana has to offer!

Karli Becher

Organization serving: Lake County Conservation District and Ronan NRCS

Location: Ronan

My name is Karli Becher, I grew up in Southeast Minnesota and went to school at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where I studied Environmental Science. From there I went to Southern Oregon to work on a botany crew for the BLM, then I went to Michigan to work as a Hydrologic Technician for the Forest Service. My professional interests are in hydrology and soils, which is why I decided to come to Montana for the BSWC program. Some of my personal interests/hobbies include hiking and camping.

Katie Mumford

Organization serving: Broadwater Conservation District

Location: Townsend

Katie is Broadwater Conservation District’s 4th Big Sky Watershed Corps Member, serving her 2nd term with the District.  She is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Natural Resources emphasizing ecological restoration.  Katie is a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers, fishing, camping, and hiking.  She assists the district in conservation efforts such as stream flow monitoring and reporting, the Deep Creek watershed restoration plan, aquatic & terrestrial invasive species, Townsend school’s Stream Team, and Drought Resiliency.

Madeline Pruszenski

Organization serving: Madison Conservation District

Location: Ennis

Growing up in a rural town of Pennsylvania I have always been interested with all aspects of nature. Quickly this turned into me taking up the hobbies of hiking, biking, and birding. My love for nature influenced me to go to Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where I graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation. Many of my classes exposed me to field research which I thoroughly enjoyed. While in college I had a few internships mainly focusing on birds in the area, and in return it started my love of birding. After I graduated, I moved to Fergus Falls, MN to join the Conservation Corps until November 2016. I worked as part of a five-person crew and took on a variety of outdoor projects. While I was in Minnesota, I was able to travel and see many different sites the Midwest has to offer. It was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I’ve had so far.

Megan Guy

Organization serving: Beaverhead Conservation District

Location: Dillon

Megan Guy is the 2017 Big Sky Watershed Corps Member for the Beaverhead Conservation District in Dillon, Montana. Megan received her B.S. in Geology with a focus in water resources from University of Dayton in 2015. Megan grew up outside of farming communities in southwest Ohio where she found her passion for protecting the natural environment. During her free time, she enjoy hiking, reading, kayaking, playing guitar, and being with friends. Megan is excited to spend the year in working to help protect the beaverhead watershed!