The Landbridge Ecological restoration team represents a unique blend of educational backgrounds and ecological expertise. Our team carries qualifications, experience, and formal certifications necessary to complete almost any restoration project. In addition to the project team leaders our team of professionals behind the scenes will get the job done with expertise and attention to detail.
CEO + CO-OWNER
Away from work Tory gets recharged through family and relaxing on or near water, especially dock life on the lake, fly fishing, hiking, canoeing and camping.
PRESIDENT + CO-OWNER
In her free time, Carrie likes traveling the world with Tory and their two kids, especially anywhere that involves dramatic topography or big water.
Outside of Landbridge, Jake helps take care of a 90-acre organic farm, focusing on soil health management, diverse habitat for beneficial insects and birds, composting, and greenhouse management. He can be found fly fishing for trout in healthy streams throughout the Midwest. And sometimes, he loves riding his bike to those streams.
FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sean enjoys Muskie fishing. He someday wants to have his own elk herd, an oak savanna keystone species.
INSTALLATION SERVICES DIRECTOR
Elissa enjoys Hiking (especially in Arizona and MN), foraging, canoeing, camping, and spending time with her husband, dog, and daughter in the great outdoors.
LAND MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Jen attained valuable knowledge in habitat management and restoration techniques while receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. With 7 years of crew leader experience, her extensive knowledge and detail-oriented character has led her into the roles of Land Management Coordinator and Project Manager starting in 2017. As such, she provides crew guidance and oversight performing a variety of environmental field projects including forestry management, shoreline restoration, watershed management, rain garden installation, reforestation, wildfire fighting, and prescribed burns. Her passion for restoration ecology has been vital when working with urban youth crews and in coordinating local volunteer events.
LAND MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Someday, Theresa hopes to have a large-scale prairie restoration of her own! Until then, she’ll keep converting her yard in St. Paul to native plantings and continue learning while working on restoring land throughout the state with Landbridge Ecological.
LAND MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
While looking for a career path that he could find passion in, Patrick stumbled upon a Fisheries and Wildlife Major at the University of Minnesota which piqued his interest. Once enrolled, he found learning to be enjoyable rather than a chore. It was then that he knew natural resources work was what he wanted to do with his professional life. His love of native plants came later. He experienced the path of: Learn a thing, Know a thing, Love a thing
Patrick is a proud plant-nerd who enjoys exploring Minnesota’s natural areas searching for good examples of native habitat and new plant species to add to his life list.
INSTALLATION SERVICES COORDINATOR
Erin helps several teachers create spaces at their schools to bring natural areas to life, from pollinator gardens to whole prairies. The natural areas show children and communities how native grasses provide shelter, hold soil with deep root structures, or how flowers like Wild Lupine are crucial for the survival of a tiny butterfly like the Karner Blue.
Jesse loves fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, canoeing, making Maple syrup and gardening.
Travis is passionate about protecting our water resources, both for human use and natural habitat. He enjoys spending time outside in various capacities, one of which is golfing. He has a goal of pursuing the intersection of his interests and developing more sustainable management plans for golf course properties.
In his free time, Alex has been getting into woodworking over the past few years, and he loves to repurpose felled trees by creating projects with the milled wood material.
In his free time, Luke is outside fishing, hunting, foraging, canoeing, hiking and skiing.
Growing up and learning to love the outdoors from a young age has taught Mikkel to appreciate ecosystems and their services. Studying the impact that humans have on ecosystems across the globe has motivated him to restore the region’s native landscapes.
A future goal of Mikkel’s is to restore native landscapes and maintain healthy ecosystems in order for them to provide ecosystem services for future generations.