Our Team

Our Team

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Luke Gran

CEO, Certified Forester

Luke is the owner of Prudenterra and is a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He created Prudenterra after graduating from Iowa State University (B.S. Forestry, 2008). While working Prudenterra part-time, Luke also worked at Practical Farmers of Iowa and grew vegetables with TableTop Farm. In 2014, he went full-time with Prudenterra. Luke grew up in Newton, Iowa and serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Prairie Network. He lives outside of Nevada, Iowa.

Taylor Williams

Field Technician/GIS Specialist

Taylor discovered she had a love of prairies and an interest in restoration ecology while studying GIS at the University of Iowa. Since then she has worked doing prairie restorations through AmeriCorps, co-owned Remnant Hills Farm, and gained 4 years experience in the GIS field. She now lives in Ames with her husband Tom Wilson and their 3 kids.

Cory Rhinehart

Operations Assistant/Fire Associate

Cory discovered his love for conservation through exploring the river bluffs and backwaters of the Cedar River watershed over the course of his childhood in Center Point, Iowa. His admiration of Iowa’s natural areas led him to study Animal Ecology at Iowa State University. After graduating in 2017, he has spent time as a wildlife and conservation technician throughout the state of Iowa. Cory looks forward to helping the Prudenterra team restore Iowa’s neglected ecosystems back to their natural beauty.

James Barger

Operations Coordinator

James grew up loving the outdoors and would spend time at his family’s land in Southern Iowa wandering through the woods. He further developed his love for Iowa’s native prairies and Forest through four years at Iowa State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Forestry. While at Prudenterra James is excited to continue to establish, maintain, and improve Iowa’s natural beauty.

Heather King

Executive Assistant

Heather is studying Animal Ecology at Iowa State University. She loves wildlife and hopes to one day work with endangered species to increase support and awareness. At Prudenterra, she helps organize and manage the finances of the company. She is grateful for the chance to support a growing business and learn more about forestry.

The Crew

Crew members utilize chainsaws, prescribed fire, and other tools to implement woodland and prairie restoration work at Prudenterra. Many crew members are students or graduates of the Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) department at Iowa State University. Connect with us if you wish to be added to our Crew Members list – please include your skills, interests, and availability.

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