Bryan Pierce, Executive Director
Starting in 2004, Bryan Pierce became the first Executive Director of the Northwoods Land Trust. Pierce formerly worked with the University of Wisconsin-Extension for eleven years as a tenured faculty serving as Community Resource Development Agent in Vilas and Oneida Counties. Prior to UWEX, he worked at a variety of nature and environmental education centers in Wisconsin and Iowa. Pierce has a Master’s degree in natural resource management with emphasis in environmental education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His Bachelor’s degree in zoology was from UW-Madison.
Pierce served as the founding President of NWLT in 2001, and recruited the original Board of Directors. Bryan and his wife Gail Gilson-Pierce have lived in the Eagle River area for 25 years. Gail worked at Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Education Center for 17 years before becoming a partner in “Wooly Lady”, a hand dyed wool fabrics business. The Pierces live on 11 acres adjacent to the Blackjack Springs Wilderness Area of the Nicolet National Forest.
Trisha Moore, Conservation Specialist
Trisha Moore was hired as NWLT’s first Conservation Specialist in 2009. The Conservation Specialist is currently working on a limited time basis on special projects for the land trust.
Trisha spent her childhood in Greybull, Wyoming and Phillips, Wisconsin and graduated from Phillips High School. She furthered her education at UW-River Falls where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a secondary education license in Biology and Chemistry. After graduating from UW-River Falls, Trisha taught in the Winter School District and Mayville High School. Trisha left Mayville to work as a research technician on a Sage Grouse study for Oregon State University and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. After that project, Trisha was hired as a naturalist at the Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Education Center in August of 2003 where she was employed for six years.
Trisha and her husband, Mark Shepherdson welcomed their son Iland into the world in October of 2008 and Trisha decided to switch careers to become full-time mom and part-time naturalist. The family grew in 2011 with the birth of their daughter, Ayla. Trisha spends her free time playing with her kids, reading, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, gardening and traveling to spend time with family and friends. Trisha, Mark, Iland and Ayla share their Three Lakes, WI home with two energetic dogs.
Sandy Lotto, Outreach & Monitoring Coordinator
Sandy Lotto joined NWLT in February 2016. As Outreach & Monitoring Coordinator, Sandy will be working on our membership renewals, generating new members, assisting with major donor development, and conducting educational outreach programs. Sandy will also be coordinating the annual conservation easement monitoring program, including organizing volunteer monitors and communicating with landowners for the required annual visit to each property.
Sandy was born and raised in Green Bay, but Eagle River has been “home” for 27 years. She went to UW-Stevens Point where she earned her degree in Forestry with a Recreation Emphasis. She has worked as a Naturalist at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, sold skis at Bertrand’s Sporting Goods, and served as as the summer Recreation Director for the town of Wiggins, CO. In 1989 Sandy was hired as a Naturalist/Teacher at Trees For Tomorrow Natural Resources Specialty School in Eagle River. For 18 years she taught people ranging from in age from 4th grade to senior citizens.
In 2007, Sandy “branched out” from TFT to start her own outdoor school for adults, focused on rustic furniture-making and cross country ski lessons. Lotto’s Log Cabin Outdoor School offers full-day, half-day and 1-2 hour classes in rustic furniture-making and other outdoor skills.