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.

Michael Gourd

Operations Coordinator

Michael Gourd was born and raised in Des Moines. He discovered a passion for ecological restoration after becoming a crew member with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa. During a year and a half of chainsawing, brush cutting, spraying invasive species, and building a bridge, he discovered that he didn’t mind the sweat and insects. In his free time, Michael loves reading about and experimenting with new hobbies.

Crystal Riggins

Executive Assistant

Crystal came to Prudenterra with over 22 years of bookkeeping experience. When she isn’t keeping our numbers in check, she’s out on the Riggins Family Farm teaching her family and local community about the importance of sustainable farming. Crystal lived in Arizona and Colorado before moving back to the family farm in central Iowa, where she lives with her husband Steve and their daughters, along with horses, goats, and a donkey.

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.

Taylor Williams

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.

    Forest Landowner Goals and Objectives

    Consider the values associated with your forest. Rate the following from 1 - Very Low, 2 - Low, 3 - Neutral, 4 - High, and 5 - Very High.
    If the value is not applicable, select NA - Not Applicable. If unsure, select UN - Unsure.


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    1. Maintain habitat for certain wildlife
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Please specify wildlife if applicable:


    2. Maintain forest for revenue
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Check all that apply:
    Nuts seedsChristmas treesFirewoodTimberLeased huntingHoneyMushroomsMedicinalsAgritourismOther
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    3. Provide private recreation for family
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    Check all that apply:
    Hike/walkView natureOff-road vehiclesBirdwatchHunt game animalsShed huntMushroom huntMountain bikeSkiSnowmobileSnowshoeOther
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    4. Provide recreation for others
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    Explain:


    5. Work in the woods
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Please describe the time, experience, and equipment you have or would like to have:


    6. Grow trees, shrubs, or wildflowers that can better shelter _____ from the wind, spray drift, or snow
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Check all that apply:
    CropsLivestockPeopleStructuresRoadsLanes


    7. Develop land with building site, housing, or roads
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Explain:


    8. Expand forage quantity and quality
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure
    Ideal herd size / animals units:


    9. Develop land for livestock grazing: (pasture, rotational, mob, MIG, silvopasture, or graze timber)
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    10. Restrict livestock access to woodlands
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    11. Protect water quality
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    12. Build new or refurbish fishing pond
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    13. Protect land from flooding
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    14. Slow, end, and/or prevent soil erosion
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    15. Protect wetlands
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    16. Maintain a healthy forest
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    17. Privacy, peace and solitude
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    18. Scenery (views, special trees, rock formations, special areas, etc.)
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    19. Cut fuelwood for personal use
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    20. Exempt acres from property tax
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    21. Develop an estate plan
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    22. Protect from development
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    23. Protect rare and endangered plants
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    24. Protect rare and endangered animals
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    25. Maintain habitat with diverse plants & animals
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    26. Protect historic and prehistoric features
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    27. Limit the use of the land by others
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure

    28. Protect land with conservation easement
    1 - Very Low2 - Low3 - Neutral4 - High5 - Very HighNA - Not ApplicableUN - Unsure


    29. Other:


    30. Comments on the most important values that you place on your land:


    31. Comments on your goals and objectives for the property :


    32. What would you like your land to be and look like in twenty years?


    33. What activities have you conducted on your land to achieve your goals?


    34. What factors have limited you from achieving your goals?


    35. What assistance do you need to help you reach your goals?

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