Krista Munger, Land Steward/Educator
As the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy’s Land Steward, Krista is responsible for overseeing natural resource protection and land use on the PRLC’s preserves. As their Educator, Krista designs and executes nature-based educational experiences including field walks, academic internships, classes for local elementary school students, garden workshops and nature awareness classes. Want to get involved? Krista welcomes new partnerships with the community and urges you to email her your ideas.
Coming to the Land Conservancy from upstate New York and recently completing her Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary Education Biology from the Sate University of New York at New Paltz, Krista now lives at the Armstrong Education Center’s off-the-grid Armstrong House on the 43-acre Armstrong Preserve. Krista is returning to northern Westchester County after living here from 2002-2005 at the Butler Sanctuary in Bedford. She has been a field biologist since 1997 with a myriad of experiences: as a Wilderness Ranger in the US Forest Service in Bend Oregon, trained in watershed stewardship by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, volunteer work with Americorps performing wetland restoration, biology fieldwork with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook and the Nature Conservancy, Eastern New York Chapter. With these experiences, Krista has managed and directed long-term research projects, collected, analyzed and presented data, collaborated with other research institutions and trained citizen scientists. Her undergraduate degree is in Conservation of Resources with a thesis on community management. Krista has a strong reverence for wild places and the organisms that call them home.
There is an old saying that you can never come home again. I have also heard, “never look back”. Well– we have done both! I am happy to report that little has changed, except that ground cover is increasingly dominated by invasive species like Japanese barberry and Japanese stilt-grass and recent storm damage to trees and soil stability is evident… The landscape of northern Westchester County is still lush and idyllic, perfectly suited for humans and for many kinds of wildlife. I am afraid this would not be true without the tireless work of local conservation groups and their partners. In this blog and through our programs at the Armstrong Education Center, we go beyond the more traditional work of land protection to focus on human relationship with nature and highlight how our daily lifestyle choices impact local ecosystems. We recognize that the quest to live more harmoniously with nature is never-ending, and there is much to be learned (and re-learned)…
Energetic, knowledgeable, field-savvy, interesting to listen to and focused, Krista is a vital member and important resource to our local environmental community.