Contact Conservation Stewardship

Sarah Reding
VP of Conservation Stewardship
(269) 381-1574 ext. 17
Contact GLEM

Ryan Koziatek
Ryan Koziatek
Great Lakes Ecological Management Field Director
(269) 381-1574 ext. 41

Anna K
Anna Kornoelje
Ecological Services Director
(269) 381-1574 ext. 18


Urban Nature Park 

The Urban Nature Park project is one of many efforts to restore and revitalize downtown Kalamazoo and its waterways. Plans to restore the historic railroad bridge across Portage creek are underway and we hope to complete the restoration and revitalization by Summer of 2015. This coming spring we will complete the final grading and a layer of topsoil will be applied. Following that, we will plant native plants, shrubs and trees in the wetland area of the project. Plants have been selected based on historical records, as well as soil types, and optimal species for birds and butterflies. If you’d like to volunteer to help restore this amazing 4 acres in downtown Kalamazoo in the spring, please contact Anna Kornoelje at

Shoreline Restoration 

Recently, Anna Kornoelje and Sarah Reding earned Natural Shoreline Professional certifications through the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. The program is designed to provide contractors and landscape professionals with the information and skills they need to implement natural shoreline technologies and bioengineered erosion control to protect Michigan's inland lakes.
If you have an eroding shoreline, or just want to beautify your shore with native plants, please contact Anna Kornoelje at
for more information on creating a lake-friendly, environmentally sound shoreline management solution for your own shoreline.

Our Services

The Ecological Management and Services team is a service of the Kalamazoo Nature Center designed to work with private and public landowners. From pre-project data collection to post-project monitoring, Conservation Stewardship provides all levels of ecological management.

Michigan LIlyPre-Project Assessment:
Knowing what you have is the first step in sound ecological management.  Our pre-project assessment evaluates your property in a way that meets your goals and your budget. We can provide:

  • All taxa biological inventory

  • Wildlife management plan creation

  • Habitat delineation

  • Map creation using GPS technology

  • Wetland delineation

  • Wetland permitting

  • Grand and funding procurement

Eastern MassasaugaNatural Areas Management:
Once a plan is developed, the team goes to work to put your plan in action.  We have the training and certifications necessary to implement your plan with the highest standards of efficiency and safety using appropriate techniques including prescribed burning and biological, chemical, and mechanical controls.

  • Invasive species management

  • Shoreline restoration 

  • Habitat restoration

  • Rare and protected species management

  • Native plant installation

  • Prescribed fire

  • Aquatic habitat management

KNC Prairie

Post Management Monitoring and Maintenance:
We are committed to working with you long term to ensure that your goals and objectives are met.

  • Conduct post-management evaluations and monitoring.

  • Recommendations for future management

Biological Inventories and more:
The KNC research staff can design biological and ecological studies to meet the research needs of any landowner.  Recent studies include avian demographics at Fort Custer Training Center and avian surveys for the Lowe Foundation in Cass County.  For more information, please contact the Vice President of Conservation Stewardship.

Selected Projects

  • Dr. Willard M. Rose Tallgrass Prairie

  • Fort Custer Training Center

  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

  • Pierce Cedar Creek Institute

Current and Former Clients

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Camp Grayling Maneuver Area
  • Fernwood Nature Center
  • Fort Custer Training Center
  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy
  • Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
  • Gilmore Car Museum

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Kalamazoo Nature Center  •  7000 North Westnedge Avenue  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009
PHONE (269) 381-1574  •  FAX (269) 381-2557