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Eric Synder

Land Stewardship Fellow

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, I always had an affinity for the outdoors. My family would often take multi-weeklong canoe trips to the Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, which helped form my interest in natural resources. After high school I was not interested in immediately going to college, I was a bit of an itinerant, working various trade skill jobs and as an arborist before deciding upon college. Wanting a change and adventure, I moved to Alaska where I had some family living. There, I enlisted in the Army National Guard as an Airborne Infantryman and attended the University of Alaska for two-years before transferring to the University of Colorado to finish up my degree.

While attending the University of Colorado and finishing up my enlistment, I worked with a local nonprofit for four years while also doing seasonal natural resource work for a local city park. While living in Denver I enjoyed and took full advantage of hiking fourteeners, camping, fishing, amazing restaurants, and the fun craft beer scene. For several years I have been looking forward to moving back home to Wisconsin, so I am very excited to join the Future Leaders Program and be a part of the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s team and legacy!