BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Jennifer Filipiak recently joined the
American Farmland Trust staff as a natural resource conservationist.
“Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in natural resource
conservation issues and outreach to stakeholders from her experiences with the
Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Nature Conservancy of Iowa and the private
sector,” said Michael Baise, AFT Midwest director. “She will be very involved in
AFT’s promotion of cover crops, watershed management and outreach to women
In her position with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance,
Filipiak was responsible for promoting sustainable agriculture, watershed
partnerships and best management practices for field crops.
As director of conservation science at the Nature
Conservancy of Iowa field office, Filipiak established overall conservation
priorities, supplied technical support to field operations and help create,
among other initiatives, the first freshwater program involving agricultural
She also held positions as a wildlife biologist at the Lake
County Forest Preserve District in Illinois; served as a volunteer scientist at
the Tambopata Reserve Society in Puerto Maldonado, Peru; and was an
environmental resources specialist for the Christopher B. Burke Engineering
consultancy in Illinois.
Filipiak holds a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from
Southern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan
AFT’s Midwest office is located in Bloomington and can be
contacted by calling (317) 508-0756. The office focuses its work in Illinois and
Filipiak can be contacted by phoning (309) 808-3778 or
AFT is the nation’s leading conservation organization
dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping
farmers on the land.
Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and
citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has
helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for
the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.