Board of Directors

Edie Ehlert
President
Freeman Township

Edie Ehlert was one of the founders of Crawford Stewardship Project in 2007, and a co-coordinator from January 2009 until retiring in 2013. She continues as CSP President, appreciating working with the other board members and staff. She brings organizing and advocacy experience, working with groups and coalitions around the state, including Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network as well as on frack sand mining issues. Building coalitions and connections continues as a focus. Outdoor play, such as kayaking, skiing, and hiking are the joyful reminders of why we all do environmental justice work. She is inspired by the commitment of so many of us working for a just and healthy planet.

 


Ellen Brooks
Vice President
Haney Township

Ellen has been with CSP since the beginning. In addition to attending the county Land Conservation Committee meetings as CSP rep each month, she enjoys organizing refreshments for events and helps with CSP editing and other volunteer jobs. A 1970 graduate of Macalester College (St. Paul, MN), Ellen and her life partner try to live as simply as they can to minimize their effect on the environment and keep their income below taxable level (to avoid paying for war). Annual trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness augment time spent outdoors closer to home, engaged in gardening, water monitoring, apple picking, chopping wood, and hauling water.  She also loves to cook, bake, visit friends, and usher at American Players Theatre performances.

 


Omarú Heras Ornelas
Secretary
Clayton Township

Omarú studied Biology/Biochemistry in Life and Earth Sciences, earning a bachelor of sciences at the University of Reunion Island (France).  She is experienced in water catchment, management, and monitoring, as well as being a certified acupuncturist.  She has been passionately working for many years with several environmental organizations, rural-indigenous communities and schools in Mexico, in order to raise the awareness, justice, care and love for nature, water and soil.
She enjoys clean water, organic food, clean air, a clear sky, the sunny days, a beautiful rain, to walk in the forest, to be surrounded by a wild bio-nature, a conscious mind and living in a sustainable intentional community.

 


Lamar Janes
Treasurer
Clayton Township

Lamar has been with CSP from the beginning. He has a BS in Biology from Stanford and did graduate study in aquatic ecology at UW-Madison. He worked for the Wisconsin and Arkansas DNRs in water quality. He has been involved in a variety of cooperatives and grassroots nonprofits for 50 years and has been a bookkeeper for many of them. He lives at Dancing Waters Permaculture Cooperative, an intentional community near Gays Mills and enjoys gardening, meditation and fixing things.

 


Eli Schmidt
Board Member

Growing up in the Driftless Area, Eli is very appreciative of the rolling hills and quaint streams that makes this region special. He lives on top of a ridge overlooking the Kickapoo River, and attends North Crawford High School. Eli is 16 years old, and has a drive to protect the natural environment more than ever before. He is honored to work for the Crawford Stewardship Project’s (CSP) mission and goals. CSP “promotes sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources,” a goal Eli stands behind, giving purpose and meaning, and a deep personal connection to this watershed. As a young person determined to unburden our future from climate change, Eli has remarkable ambition to work his hardest for this mission. As Greta Thunberg, a Gen-Z environmentalist, once said, “The moment we decide to fulfill something, we can do anything.”

 


Marinella Pro
Board Member
Vernon County


Harriet Behar
Board Member
Clayton Township

During the 40 years Harriet and her husband, Aaron, have owned their home and land, they have implemented a wide variety of conservation practices, from installation of solar energy systems, to planting trees and native prairie, stream bank and trout habitat improvement and many activities to protect soil and water quality on their certified organic property.  They have learned to manage their agricultural and nonagricultural lands in a way that also enriches the environment for diverse species of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, insects and plants that are native to our unique area.  They raise honeybees, chickens, grains, forages and vegetables as well as culinary and medicinal herbs.  Harriet has been active in a variety of advocacy and conservation groups, and served on the Crawford County Land Conservation Committee for more than 8 years.  Aaron and Harriet were given the Crawford County Conservation Farm Family of the Year award in 2021. 


Roger Reynolds
Board Member
Spring Green, WI

Roger has always enjoyed nature from gardening to kayaking, and has been volunteering to help preserve and protect nature most of his adult life, plus educate others.  Removing invasive plants and invasive aquatic species; teaching sustainable gardening with an emphasis on mulch and low to no synthetic chemical practices, plus permaculture and edible landscaping; eating wild plants (foraging); watching local birds; plus standing up for best environmental practices by companies are some of the areas where Roger has volunteered through hands in the dirt or water, public speaking, and organizing.  He met Edie and CSP while working together to protect the environment and community regarding the local frac sand mine.  Some of the skills he brings to the board include public speaking, organizing events, creative big picture and minute detail problem solving, researching and just a bit of humor.