Since 2010, Heidi Keuler has been Coordinator for the Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin, a member of the National Fish Habitat Partnership. The Fishers & Farmers Partnership is a self-directed group of non-governmental agricultural and conservation organizations, and state and federal agencies working "to support locally-led projects that add value to farms while enhancing aquatic habitat and native fish populations." Fishers & Farmers Partnership works in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Heidi graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology and Wildlife Management and a minor in Environmental Law Enforcement. She began her career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002 as a fish biologist at the La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in LaCrosse, WI. While working for the Service, she received a M.S. from UW-LaCrosse in Aquatic Science.
Heidi grew up in the heart and hills of the Driftless Area of the Coon Creek Watershed in southwest Wisconsin. Though she didn’t grow up on a farm, Heidi comes by her farming heritage honestly. She learned about farming and gardening from her parents, family and neighbors. Throughout her childhood, she explored the farms and went fishing in the creek behind her home. She also spent time hunting in the hills and valleys or “coulees” as the locals say. In college, she discovered that Aldo Leopold had worked in her watershed, and that her own community had benefitted from many local conservation projects.
Heidi and her husband have three children and are active in school, church, music, and sports. The family loves camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, baseball, soccer, basketball, football, ski jumping and especially taking trips out west to see the National Parks.
Listen to Heidi's Spotlight Series Presentation:
Fish Habitat Biologist
Fishers & Farmers Partnership Coordinator
National Fish Habitat Partnership
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