Megan Waechter (pronounced Wek-ter) started as the new Soil Conservationist at the Waukon NRCS office on October 19. She was offered the position after Jacob Groth moved to a new job with NRCS as a sub-area Resource Conservationist based out of New Hampton. Please introduce yourself to her if you stop by the office so that she can start to learn the names and faces of the Allamakee landowners and producers.
Megan grew up in Earlham, Iowa which is about 25 miles west of Des Moines. Her family now resides in Texas, which prompted her to live there for a few years as well. Megan graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology. She worked for three seasons as a Biological Technician for the Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring Program through ISU where she conducted various wildlife surveys. She has also been a Biology Intern at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge outside of Prairie City, Iowa. More recently, she worked as a Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist in Plains, Texas.
Megan says she applied for the job in Allamakee County due to the diversity of conservation practices and programs that are available here. She is also looking forward to exploring the beautiful landscape and recreational opportunities. Her goals as the new soil con. are to gain as much knowledge as she can about the various conservation strategies used here and how they can best be applied to the land in order to assist producers with addressing resource concerns.
Megan also enjoys hunting, hiking, birding, and outdoor photography.