Staff

Terri_Creek (2)Terri Lane

Executive Director

Terri was raised on a small farm on Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She spent much of her youth exploring the woods, where she developed a deep appreciation of nature. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Soil and Water Sciences from the University of Arkansas. Terri’s career in conservation began in 1997 and includes several years as an outdoor environmental educator, program director and wilderness instructor, followed by small business ownership and non-profit management. With a passion for wildlife, she has been active in community conservation efforts, including involvement in local government and training as an Arkansas Master Naturalist, and earned recognition for her volunteer service in leading the city of Fayetteville to become the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in the state of Arkansas and in helping to develop outdoor classrooms at local schools. Terri joined the land trust as director in 2012 and continues to provide leadership for regional conservation, including the NWA Open Space Plan Advisory Council, vice-chair of the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Arkansas Urban Forestry Council board of directors, and NWA Council Infrastructure Work Group. She is also active nationally, serving on the Land Trust Alliance Leadership Council, the Southeast Region Advisory Committee, and Land Trust Ambassadors. Terri completed the Land Trust Alliances’ Executive Director Leadership Training Program in 2014 and led the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to achieve Accreditation, the first in the state of Arkansas, in 2015. Terri has logged many miles hiking, backpacking, canoeing and running through the years, and continues to enjoy the outdoors through her work, and with her family and friends. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband, Alan, a local attorney, and their two daughters, Eliza (11) and Ivy (8).

Terri can be reached at tlane@nwalandtrust.org, or by calling 479-966-4666.

 

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Alan Edmondson

Land Stewardship Specialist

Alan was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science with a minor in Wildlife Habitat from the University of Arkansas, and is currently completing a master’s degree in Geography. For his master’s thesis, Alan is using dendrochronology to study oak woodlands on Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville, AR.   Through tree-ring analysis he is documenting old growth on Kessler and reconstructing its climate and forest history. Alan gained extensive field experience while working as a federal contractor for the USGS in the North Unit of Theodore National Park in North Dakota where he cored and mapped Plains Cottonwood trees along the Little Missouri River in order to reconstruct stream flow and precipitation patterns.  He has also worked as a ranch manager on a 1,300-acre private game ranch in Arkansas where he was responsible for all aspects of land management and game monitoring. Alan has a long standing relationship with nature. He was exposed to the outdoors at a young age and never looked back. His free time is spent on his family’s property on the Frog Bayou in Crawford County, Arkansas.

Alan can be reached at aedmondson@nwalandtrust.org, or by calling 479-966-4666.

 

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Sim Barrow

Communications and Development Coordinator

Sim grew up on a family farm in the Ozark Mountains near Dover, Arkansas.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech University and a master’s degree in Entomology from the University of Arkansas. For his undergraduate research project, he studied the winter roosting ecology of eastern red bats.  His master’s thesis was on the biological control of red imported fire ants.

Sim began to develop an interest in environmental education in 2011 when he worked as a cave guide at Blanchard Springs Caverns near Mountain View, Arkansas.  In 2013 he served the Isely-Baerg Entomology Club as Outreach Coordinator, where he organized several insect-themed events for schools and communities in Northwest Arkansas, including the 2014 Kessler Mountain Bioblitz where approximately 1,000 different species were identified.

Sim enjoys birdwatching, insect collecting, backpacking, mountain biking, and teaching others about the local plants and animals of the Arkansas Ozarks.

Sim can be reached at sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org, or by calling 479-966-4666.

 

Pam Nelson

Program Assistant

Pam grew up in Dallas, Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of North Texas and a master’s degree in Applied Geography with a focus on Environmental Studies from Texas State University. For her master’s research, she completed a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Texas State University and analyzed strategies to reduce emissions at the University. Pam’s work in environmental education began as an intern for Siuslaw National Forest on the coast of Oregon where she became a Certified Interpretive Guide. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked as an environmental educator for The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment in San Marcos, Texas. After completing her degree, she accepted a position as a Teacher Naturalist with the Richardson Bay Audubon Center in Marin County. She later moved back to Texas with her family and worked as Program Manager for Texas Alliance for Geographic Education.  Pam loves hiking and canoeing with her husband, two sons, and dog. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and volunteering with the Washington County youth garden explorers club.

Pam can be reached at pnelson@nwalandtrust.org, or by calling 479-966-4666.

 

 

Aashika Jayanth

Legal Extern

Aashika grew up in India, the U.K., and Canada. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently a second year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Aashika has come to love the natural state and recognizes the importance of the efforts of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust in preserving our natural landscapes. In addition to being outdoors, Aashika also enjoys reading and dancing!

 

 

Blair Bennett

Legal Extern

Being from Texarkana, Blair lived in Arkansas, but went to school in Texas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate. She is currently a third year law student at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Blair’s family has a farm in south Arkansas, and she spent most of her childhood outside. Blair feels fortunate for her upbringing and wants to help the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust provide those same experiences for others.

 

 

Elizabeth Smith

Education Intern

Elizabeth is currently a senior at the University of Arkansas studying Environmental, Soil and Water Science with a minor in Wildlife Habitats. She grew up just outside of Fayetteville and naturally learned to love the outdoors. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, “glamping” and chasing her two little boys. Elizabeth is eager to guide our next generation through the natural world both inside and outside of the classroom.