Forest Jahnke, our Program Coordinator keeps busy on a wide range of projects involving grassroots networking and cross-organizational coordination, research and education, public speaking and community organizing, and more.
Forest was born in a barn and grew up on Dancing Waters Permaculture Cooperative at the headwaters of the West Fork of Knapps Creek, tromping around in the hills and bluffs of the Driftless. After graduating from North Crawford High School, right here in Crawford County, he went on to Eckerd College in Florida where he graduated with a degree in Communications, minoring in International Studies and Global Affairs, and Spanish. He has traveled through 26 countries on three continents, rounding out his education and helping him appreciate our special region for what it is.
He has a passion for the beauty of this area, and is dedicated to helping folks engage to protect the values and rights of our communities and ecosystems.
Meg is our community outreach and water quality program coordinator. She is a native Wisconsinite. Having lived in the eastern, central and western parts of Wisconsin, she has a great appreciation for this state filled with an array of beautiful outdoor places. Meg loves serving the community in a way that helps foster relationships with outdoor places. Meg’s interest in the natural world is attributed to her family’s long camping trips at Devil’s Lake as a child and her grandmother’s love for nature and wildlife. Meg has been involved in outdoor appreciation groups ever since high school and chose to study Philosophy with a concentration in Environmental Ethics at UW-Stevens Point where she earned her Bachelor of Science.
Meg’s experiences and education has given her such an appreciation for the land, air and water that she has gravitated towards the nonprofit sector where she can work with others to learn about the outdoor places that we love and cherish.
In her spare time, you will find Meg along the river banks painting pictures of the scenery, hiking around natural areas (eating berries), and out on the water monitoring water quality.
Community Outreach and Water Quality Program Coordinator