Watershed Council names Michael Pleimling projects and events coordinator
EAGLE COUNTY — Eagle River Watershed Council recently announced the selection of Michael Pleimling as its new projects and events coordinator.
Pleimling was hired as the Watershed Council’s habitat restoration intern in May and has been working directly under the current projects and events coordinator, Brooke Ranney, throughout the summer. The internship built upon his experience as a crew leader for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he led restoration efforts, and his eight years of event-planning experience with his family’s wedding and event planning business in Madison, Wisconsin.
Pleimling earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and environmental science from Edgewood College in 2016, and he graduated summa cum laude while also playing on the Edgewood College baseball team.
“We are really happy that we can make Michael a permanent part of our team. He has relevant experience in both events and restoration projects, as well as the educational experience necessary to succeed,” said Holly Loff, Eagle River Watershed Council executive director.
“Most importantly, however, Michael has already proven to be a hard worker and naturally understands the complexities of event and project management. He is the perfect person to pick up the reins and continue the great progress in protecting and restoring Eagle County’s streams.”
Pleimling joins Loff, as well as Lizzie Schoder, who serves as the Watershed Council’s education and outreach coordinator. Ranney is leaving the Watershed Council to start her own business, Western Rivers Outfitters. Western Rivers Outfitters will run single-day and multi-day river trips on the Colorado, Dolores, Green, Gunnison, North Platte, White, and Yampa rivers, as well as trips in Washington’s San Juan Islands and Costa Rica, many of which have an educational element.
“Brooke brought our projects to the next level. The same tenacity, passion for rivers, attention to detail and fun personality that made her amazing in her role here at the Watershed Council will serve her very well in her new business, as well,” Loff said. “I am really sad to see her go but genuinely happy for her.”
Eagle River Watershed Council encourages the community to meet Pleimling during upcoming volunteer projects on Shrine Pass throughout the week of Sept. 18. Project tasks will include planting native plants, restoring disturbed areas and enhancing user experience through trail delineation. No experience is necessary.
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