Leurck to serve as USDA Forest Service/NWTF Making Tracks Coordinator


EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The conservation department of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently announced Jeanna Leurck will be serving as the USDA Forest Service/NWTF Making Tracks Program Coordinator via a 120-day detail.

Leurck, who is the Forest Stewardship and Biomass Program manager for the Rocky Mountain Region with the Forest Service in Colorado, will be based out of the NWTF headquarters in Edgefield, during her tenure.

Leurck will facilitate the National Making Tracks initiative and the Forest Service partnership to encourage cooperation between the NWTF and the Forest Service to achieve mutually beneficial goals of wildlife habitat improvement, ecosystem restoration, forest management, natural resource education and to implement objectives outlined in numerous working agreements.

“We are excited to have Jeanna serving in this role and look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the USFS across the landscape,” said Ross Melinchuk, NWTF VP of conservation. 

During her seven-year tenure with the Forest Service, Leurck has provided technical assistance and education opportunities to private landowners and many partner groups. She supports landscape-scale restoration projects and is an advocate for Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively, a marketing tool aimed at increasing the number of landowners participating in stewardship and conservation work. Leurck came to Colorado from Texas, where she was the Natural Resources Conservation Service state forester. She previously worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, Alabama, managing timber sales and agricultural leasing on eight military installations and 33 civil lake projects in five states.

She has also worked with the Forest Service as an ecosystem manager on the Sequoia National Forest in Kernville, California, coaching teams and leading a diverse workforce to accomplish priority work in reforestation, timber sales, fisheries, hydrology, wildlife and archaeology.

She holds a master’s degree in forest management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and obtained her bachelor’s from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, taking back road trips and spending time with her family in Florida and Georgia.

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698