Vital Ground’s newest staff member, Kali Becher, is no stranger to grizzly country. Growing up in North Idaho, she came to love the outdoors by exploring the same landscape she will now help conserve as Vital Ground’s Land Steward.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Vital Ground and to work throughout the land that connects the place where I grew up to the place I now call home,” Kali says. “I look forward to getting better acquainted with the people, places, and wildlife across the landscape.”
A Passion for Conservation
As Land Steward, Kali will oversee monitoring and stewardship of Vital Ground’s conservation easements and fee-title properties. She joins our team with more than a decade’s experience working in natural resource conservation, most recently as the Natural Resource Specialist for Missoula County, where she worked with rural residents, land management agencies, and conservation partners on open space conservation.
“The opportunity to be the Land Steward at Vital Ground allows me to blend two of my favorite things—working with landowners and being outdoors exploring new places,” she says. “Growing up in North Idaho, I spent much of my youth exploring and learning about natural history, which led me to education and work allowing me to do the same in Western Montana. My passion for private land conservation was sparked while working for Missoula County, where I saw the important role landowners play every day in protecting this incredible landscape.”
“For Critters Large and Small”
Kali first moved to Missoula to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Montana’s School of Forestry. She has called the Treasure State home ever since, following her undergraduate studies with a master’s in Resource Conservation at UM while mixing in numerous field seasons working in forests across Montana. She now lives in Missoula with her husband, Noah, and their daughter, Elise, and enjoys trail running, hiking, and other adventures on the rivers, lakes and forests of the Northern Rockies. It’s her love of wild, open space and desire to see it passed on to future generations that led her to Vital Ground.
“I firmly believe that the work being done by Vital Ground is essential,” Kali says. “I’m excited to join a team that is dedicated to conserving habitat for critters large and small and ensuring that there is ample room for all of us to roam now and into the future. I can’t wait to get to know more of the supporters who make Vital Ground’s work possible.”