ERIC SCHENCK
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Eric is an Illinois native who, as a boy, developed an early passion for conservation while hunting and fishing on his family's livestock and grain farm.  Mr. Schenck holds a B.S. degree in wildlife management from the University of Idaho and M.F.S in forest science from Yale University.  He has 30 years of professional experience working in natural resource policy and wildlife conservation, including nearly nine years working as a lobbyist in Washington, DC and four years as a Section Chief for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks with responsibility for state threatened and endangered species protection.  Schenck also served two terms on the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District Board and was twice elected as Alderman for the City of Canton, serving as Chairman of the Lake, Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committees. Most recently, Mr. Schenck held the position of Manager of Conservation Programs with Ducks Unlimited with responsibility for raising funds and administering waterfowl conservation programs in Illinois and Indiana.  In that capacity he completed 24 land acquisitions and more than 150 restoration projects conserving thousands of acres of wetland, prairie and forest habitat across Illinois.  Eric remains an active outdoorsman and proponent of youth conservation programs. He also has continued to be an advocate for the preservation of Illinois' natural areas and wildlife as a member of the Prairie State Conservation Coalition and as a professionally certified member of The Wildlife Society. 

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