Founder – Ecologist
Born in Wisconsin, she studied at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, majoring in Wildlife Ecology with minors in Plant Biology and Conservation Biology. While in college, Kate held a position as the Invasive Species & Environmental Education Coordinator at Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. Kate and her team were the first to prove that the invasive plant, Eurasian water milfoil, could be eradicated from a lake ecosystem, non-chemically and economically, using manual removal techniques alone.
After graduating college in 2013, Kate moved to Georgia to work for the Conservation Section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Upon visiting the “City in the Forest,” she knew she had found her second home. She headed the monitoring of restoration progress at several mitigation sites in Walton County as the Biologist for an environmental consulting firm.
While working in restoration monitoring, frustrated by the fact that professional ecologists are typically, only accessible to larger restoration projects, Kate recognized an unfilled niche. After seeing one too many of these precious old growth forest areas being irreversibly mismanaged, she decided it was time to form a restoration company, led by an ecologist willing to manage these smaller, but no less precious, pockets of ancient communities before they were lost to well-intentioned, but improper management; thus, ReForest ATL was born.