Providing field experiences for his students was an important aspect of Leopold’s teaching methodology. The Aldo Leopold Foundation continues this tradition through the Future Leaders Program. This summer we welcome two seasonal fellows. They will be working alongside our stewardship staff gaining essential hands-on experience in the field to complement their university coursework.
Owen Cousino was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan, as the youngest of 11 kids. He just completed his first year at Michigan State University in Forestry. Previously, Owen spent eight months traveling in Europe after high school, spent a semester at Grand Valley State University, and then returned to traveling. After a couple of months hitchhiking in Alaska, he found himself working as a commercial fisherman in Sitka until last August. Owen is grateful for the opportunity to help in some small way to preserve a world with as much wilderness, beauty, and natural diversity as possible, and he hopes to be able to continue to work in conservation during his career.
Kylie Husman is from Appleton, Wisconsin and recently finished her sophomore year at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she is studying Ecosystem and Forest Restoration. Her favorite part about conservation is educating others about the importance of taking care of the earth. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in northern Wisconsin, fishing, reading and running.