2018 Executive Board Members
Dan Shaver, Vice President
The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, is concerned with protecting the plants, animals and natural communities of Indiana. Non-native invasive species are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity that we face today. Working locally with a dedicated bunch of landowners, volunteers and conservation organizations is the best way to make a monumental task manageable. As the Project Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Brown County Hills Project, working with the Brown County Native Woodlands Projects is a great way to spread the word (not the weeds) about controlling non-native invasive species to protect this beautiful forested landscape.
Dan McGuckin, Vice President
Since Graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Managment, Dan has been challenged by invasive plant species. From working with Black Locust and Purple Loosestrife as a Forester for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, to Reed Canary Grass and Bush Honeysuckle as the Assistant Manager of Jasper-Pulaski FWA, to Autumn Olive and Sericea Lespedeza as a Private Lands Biologist for the IDNR and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Dan is currently the owner/operator of Habitat Solutions LLC a Forest and Wildlife Management company. Dan enjoys helping landowners manage their woodlands and increase their awareness of the threat that invasive plants pose to our native ecosystems. Dan is proud to be a part of the BCNWP and honored to be able to work with other kindred spirits to protect our native woodlands.
Bill Freeman, Treasurer
Bill is currently employed at Charles C. Brandt & Company. Prior to that he was Manager of Engineering at Engineered Cooling Systems in Carmel. In September, Bill and his wife Becky will be hosting the annual Nature Daze event at Rancho Framasa in Brown County. This outreach event, sponsored by the Brown County Native Woodlands Project, is a field day that helps landowners better understand the importance of managing their property to create resilient native habitat that is free of non-native invasive plants. Bill is an active member of the Indiana DNR Advisory Council to the Nature Resource Commission, the Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Management Area, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association, Happy Hollow Camp Brown County, Brown County Woodworkers Club, and the Brown County Historical Society.
George Turner, Secretary
George grew up on a family farm near the southern Indiana town of Versailles. He spent much of his youth working for nearby farmers and thoroughly enjoyed spending time in the pervasive local woodlands which included the Versailles State park. For a period of time, George worked at the Jefferson Proving Grounds, now renamed the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, and came to appreciate what southern Indiana would look like with a 40+ years near total absence of a human influence on the environmant. While trained as an astrophysicist, George has worked at Indiana University for 30+ years in the scientific application of IT resources and is currently IU's high performance and research computing systems architect.
2018 Board Members
Dave is a retired professor from Indiana University-Bloomington and a newcomer to invasive-species eradication. But he’s learning more as he combats the multi-flora rose, stiltgrass and garlic mustard that want to make his Town Hill home their own. Dave and his wife, Karen, have enjoyed living in Brown County for more than 10 years and want to help preserve the diversity of the habitat that surrounds them.
With a degree in geoscience coupled with love of the outdoors, Patrick has visited parks around the world. Professionally he has been with Indiana’s state parks, culminating with the position of Interpretive Naturalist for Brown County State Park. Patrick says "I truly admire the efforts of BCNWP within our park and around the community."
Ruth Ann Ingraham
Ruth Ann divides her time between her Broad Ripple (Indianapolis) home with iits certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and her cabin in Brown County, the setting for her book, Swimming With Frogs: Life in the Brown County Hills. She co-founded the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society in 1993 and soon learned the value of our natural heritage. When she began seeing invasives plant species in Brown County proliferate, she took action, first chairing the Brown County Library Ravine Project and then co-founding BCNWP in 2006.
Peg has worked for Indiana University for over 30 years in the IT department and during that time has had a wide variety of responsibilities. She moved to Brown County in 2006 and since then has become very involved with the Brown County Native Woodlands Project and other local community organizations. Peg feels that preserving the natural beauty and native plants in this area is of utmost importance for future generations.
After graduating from MIT in 1966 with BS & MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Len joined the R&D division of Cummins, Inc. where he served in various engineering and management positions until retiring in 2001 and joining CyberMetrix, Inc. where he is currently employed. Len and his wife Beverly have lived in Brown County since 1968. Len is an avid cyclist, a member of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, and has been involved in mountain bike trail construction and maintenance in Brown County State Park.
Jim & Betsy More
Jim and Betsy More moved to Brown County in 2008 from Ft. Wayne, where Jim retired from the practice of law and Betsy from her position as a high school guidance counselor. In choosing Brown County, Jim was influenced by his memories of hiking the Yellowwood Trail as an Explorer Scout, and both Jim and Betsy wanted to live closer to IU, where they enjoy attending athletic, educational, and performing arts events. Drawn to people and events that help them learn how to be good stewards of their eleven acres of wooded land, they were led to Nature Daze and the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.
Summer jobs at Girl Scout camps stimulated Donna’s interest in the amazing diversity of the outdoors. She and her husband have made every effort to have the two acres surrounding their Brown County home wildlife friendly. As a founding member and now chair of the Brown County Library Ravine Committee, she has become increasingly aware of the encroachment and impact of invasive species on the area’s habitat. The Native Woodland Project is an effort of truly dedicated individuals to address this concern.
Dave grew to love nature in the 1950s while spending time as a boy with his parents at their place on Cordry Lake. For nearly 40 years, Dave and his wife have owned an eighty-acre farm in northeastern Brown County. There he’s done timber stand improvement, built ponds and farmed organically. He shares his extensive orchard with squirrels, crows and deer, critters that leave little for him to harvest. And he now spends hours weekly trying to control invasive plant species which “Ag” people recommended to him back in the 1970s. He believes in trying to protect native shrubs, grasses and trees from “invasives” through organic means.
David & Jane Savage
David and Jane Savage have developed gardens in New Jersey, Georgia and Indiana. Their interest in native plants has gown steadily with the recognition that native plants conserve resources and enhance biodiversity. Jane is a Master Gardener. David is past recording secretary for the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS). They are INPAWS representatives to the Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA). They divide their time between Zionsville and a woodland cabin in Brown County. Removing large stands of bush honeysuckle and two varieties of euonymus from the Zionsville property took days. This effort made them aware of how aggressive invasive plants can be. As they learn more about the ability of invasive plants to wipe out native plant habitat, they believe it is vital to promote awareness of the benefits of native flowers, shrubs, trees and vines, and the recognition of the destructive nature of invasive plants.
Allison graduated from Purdue University’s School of Forestry in 2014. In 2015 she became manager of the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District Manager. Although Allison resides in Monroe County she is active on the boards of many local organizations, most of which focus on ways to improve the environment. She offers free invasive plant surveys to landowners in Brown County and contiguous counties and suggests control measures. To schedule a free survey contact Allison at 812-988-2211.