New Leader For Iowa's Whiterock Conservancy

Iowa Farm Scene

Conrad Kramer will manage this land trust, which was once the famous Garst Farm at Coon Rapids.

Published on: June 3, 2013

* Previously, Kramer served as executive director of the Teton Regional Land Trust located just west of Grand Teton National Park. That nonprofit works to conserve critical wildlife habitat, prime agricultural lands, and important open spaces within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 

* Conrad started his career in Indiana where he worked as a nonprofit executive director in social services, and spent two years as professional advocate for sustainable land-use in Indiana. Kramer also founded and spent a decade leading a nonprofit that reforested private lands in Northern Indiana.

In 1985 Kramer earned a BS degree from Indiana University in Public Affairs, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and Public Administration. He spent his early childhood in Latin America where his father served as a diplomat, and spent his youth living in and exploring the forests and mountains of New Hampshire. Kramer is coming to Iowa with his wife Lisa Gonzales-Kramer and their two sons, Erik and Leif, who are 18 and 15, respectively.

Says Kramer, "Although we enjoyed our adventures out west, my wife and I are happy to be returning to the Midwest, especially with the educational opportunities this region offers for our kids. Professionally, I am inspired by Whiterock's unique mission and attributes, and its huge potential for both restoration and recreation."

Ken Herring, president of the Whiterock Board, says, "Whiterock is an unusual land trust in seeking to move beyond land stewardship to also directly engaging the public with the landscape. We are pleased to have found a uniquely-qualified conservation leader." Kramer will be welcomed to Iowa with a public reception in Coon Rapids (June 12). Details of the event can be found at the Whiterock Conservancy website.