Dr. Daniel Kinka's primary responsibilities as Wildlife Restoration Specialist, are restoring and monitoring wildlife on Wild Sky Ranches and the Reserve, as well as acting as a liaison to neighbors, NGOs, government agencies, and other external entities. He joined American Prairie Reserve in 2018, shortly after completing his doctoral degree in ecology at Utah State University where he studied the use of livestock guardian dogs to promote coexistence between carnivores and ranchers. Prior to completing his doctorate, Daniel worked at Grand Teton National Park as a wolf biologist and a ranger naturalist. He believes that emphasizing shared values of stewardship and love of the land is the best way to foster lasting conservation.
Janna is working Wild Sky running the daily operations of the beef business and providing support to the wildlife-friendly ranching program. Janna's experience in the meat industry began while working for a family-owned meat processing plant and attending college at Montana State University Northern, before going on to complete a Master's in Accounting at Montana State University. With an appreciation for agriculture and a passion for wildlife, she is proud to work with ranchers as a part of the conservation efforts of American Prairie Reserve.
Colleen is leading American Prairie Reserve's swift fox restoration project and helps to implement wildlife-friendly ranching practices in the Wild Sky Ranch Program. Colleen first fell in love with the prairies while volunteering at Theodore Roosevelt National in 2011. Working at the national park and on a ranch in Western North Dakota inspired her to pursue a master's degree in biology at the University of Saskatchewan, where she conducted field research at Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. She also holds a certificate in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety & Public Policy. Prior to joining American Prairie Reserve in 2018, Colleen conducted social science research related to cattle and wildlife disease in Michigan and worked with the USGS to help test a sylvatic plague vaccine for wild prairie dogs. Colleen has a BA in American History and Geography from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
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Laura is Director of Corporate Partnerships at American Prairie Reserve. Laura focuses on shaping and promoting Wild Sky and business development. Laura is also a former research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has published several books including Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places (2013). She holds an MS in Public Policy and a BS in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Utah State University. Additionally, she serves on the Temple Fork Outfitters Board. Laura has studied private conservation efforts across the globe and is thrilled to be part of one of the world’s largest conservation ventures—right here in Montana!