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Habitat and Policy Viability Manager
Jorgen joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in February 2019 as the habitat and farm transfer coordinator. He currently serves as PFI’s habitat and policy viability manager, working to equip farmers and landowners with the technical and financial resources they need to build and maintain wildlife habitat on farms. He also works to elevate the voices of farmers and farmland owners on issues related to agriculture and conservation policy.
Jorgen attended the University of Northern Iowa and Indiana University, receiving master’s degrees in natural resources management and applied ecology. Prior to joining PFI, he worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as a fish and wildlife federal projects coordinator and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a landscape conservation specialist. In both roles, he worked with a wide array of conservation partners and stakeholders.
Jorgen and his family reside in his hometown of Newton, Iowa. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, bird watching, wildlife photography and science fiction.