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Remy Long​Deputy Manager – Natural Area Preservation, Land Acquisition and Sustainability

Remy joins us in the newly expanded role of Deputy Manager overseeing NAP, land acquisition, and sustainability at Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation. He spent the last three years working for The Conservation Fund on the City's Open Space & Parkland Preservation program – commonly known as the Greenbelt. Welcome to the NAP Family, Remy!

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43473


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Becky Hand​, Stewardship Specialist

I joined NAP as a Stewardship Specialist in 2013. I grew up in southeast Michigan, and I've always had a strong interest in learning about nature and ecological restoration, so that naturally led me to Ann Arbor to pursue my bachelor's and master's degrees from U of M's School of Environment and Sustainability. After graduating, I spent three years completing natural resource management and restoration projects for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Now, I oversee NAP’s Field Biologists and our Inventory/Citizen Science programs, as well as our mapping projects and GIS data. I am glad to give back to the Ann Arbor community that has given me so much over the years.​  

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43476​


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Juliet Berger, Ornithologist 

Connecting birds and people for the benefit of both is my life's work, so I'm proud to run the Breeding Bird Survey for NAP, and to share my community focus with our wildlife-loving park users. I've been President of the Washtenaw Audubon Society since 2014, and I've been working with NAP since 2016. NAP is an amazing home for bird lovers, since we work hard to restore Ann Arbor's natural areas and foster an environmental ethic within the community. It's my great honor to learn from my NAP colleagues while surveying for birds and recruiting, training, and supporting the Breeding Bird Survey volunteers.

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43478


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George Hammond, Field Biologist

George came to Ann Arbor for graduate study in ecology, got a Master's degree, then never left. He worked in the Museum of Zoology, helping build and manage the Animal Diversity Web website, then briefly taught at EMU before getting hired at NAP. He has been a NAP employee for just a couple of years, but was a NAP volunteer for many years previously, inspired by the (then new) salamander survey. He volunteered with other NAP surveys, and started coming to public workdays as well. He says "I very happy to be organizing the surveys that I once volunteered for. I have a new appreciation for the work involved! There are so many small wonders in our parks, so many great things to find. I hope you will get out into our parks and nature areas, and find the beauty there."

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43477

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Tina Stephens, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Each and every day I am touched to see how much our volunteers give to protect and restore Ann Arbor’s natural areas and care for their neighborhood parks!  I joined NAP in 2008 and enjoyed three years as the Adopt-A-Park coordinator. In 2012 I was honored to be hired as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for NAP and Adopt-A-Park. After growing up in southeast Michigan, I attended Ferris State University and studied Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor and Environmental. Working at NAP I get to express my love for Michigan, and use my talents and training to inspire in others a love of nature through volunteer efforts!     

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43472​

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Dana Novak, Outreach Assistant

Dana studied Environmental Science and Wildlife at The Ohio State University, and then wandered around the states from the east coast to the Rockies as a semi-professional volunteer before settling in Boise, Idaho, working in the realms of storm water and environmental consulting. The births of their two beautiful boys in 2008 gave them a new definition of "tired" and a renewed sense of their collective ability to make a positive impact. Dana can be found leading workdays. She says, "I challenge you all to get out there and join us at a workday, if you haven't before - or attend one more workday than usual! If you're like me, it will invigorate your body and refresh your spirit." 


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Renee Hytinen, Communications and Special Events

After a pause, I'm back to my position editing the newsletter and helping get the word out about NAP's good works. NAP is a unique workplace—as is the NAP community at large—and I am grateful to be back working with all you great people, and excited to start this new chapter. Both of my kids were born during my previous time with NAP, and I now I am returning with elementary age kids! I'm looking forward to bringing them along to workdays and other NAP events now that they can walk and talk (and hold loppers).​

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43479​


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Matthew Spoor, Park Steward Coordinator

Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2019, I have been in awe of what NAP provides for the citizens of this great city. Now, I get to be a part of this amazing team and could not be happier. I was born and raised in North Dakota, attended the University of North Dakota and worked in the renewable fuels industry for fifteen years. I am currently a student at Eastern Michigan University pursuing a mid-life degree in biology. I love birding, leading bird walks, removing invasive species from Ann Arbor nature areas, learning, teaching, and spending time with my kids.

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43474


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Leah Jones​, Outreach Assistant

Hello! ​I am a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University where I studied Anthropology with a focus in Geography and Outdoor Education. I enjoy backpacking, hiking, fishing, and photography in my spare time, and the more I can bring my three boys outside with me, the better! As a life-long biophilic kinda gal, ​I am extremely excited to join the NAP crew and to meet all of you!

Phone: 734.794.6627 x42790

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Field Crew

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Mike Hahn, Stewardship Specialist

For the past eight years I managed natural areas and coordinated volunteers for a land trust in the Chicagoland area. My passion for ecological restoration is continually growing and I am eager for the opportunity to share that passion with the residents of Ann Arbor. I hope to see you in the field!

Phone: 734.794.6627 x43484

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Ethan Glassman, Conservation Crew Leader

Hi everyone, I'm really excited to be part of the NAP crew! I'm originally from Cincinnati and I went to BGSU and studied Ecology and Conservation Biology. I love spending time outside, looking for and photographing rare wildflowers. I'm new to the Ann Arbor area and I'm really excited to get to know everyone and all the natural areas!



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Brady Friss, Conservation Worker

Hi all! I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. Within my degree I concentrated on Conservation Biology so I am extremely excited to join the conservation crew here at NAP. In my free time I enjoy getting out on the water for some fishing or wakeboarding, taking photos of wildlife, and really any activity that involves the outdoors. I am grateful to be joining such a wonderful organization and having the opportunity to continue learning about many aspects of natural resource management! 


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 Chloe Hernandez, Conservation Worker

Hi! I graduated from Eastern Michigan University where I studied Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Biology. Field courses reinforced my passion for protecting our native flora and fauna. During off hours, you can find me exploring, learning to ID new plants, fungi, and butterflies. I am thrilled to be working with such wonderful people who share my interests in a city that I love! 


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Travis Wilcox, Conservation Worker

Travis was born and raised in the Great Lakes State of Michigan. He attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences in 2019. After Graduating from University, Travis worked for the Michigan DNR as a Forest Health Technician within Michigan State Parks. In this role, Travis' main objective was to protect the forests of West Michigan from the catastrophic damages caused by the invasive insect, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, and the deadly tree pathogen, Oak Wilt Disease. Travis is excited to work with the NAP Crew and explore all that Ann Arbor has to offer.


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Murphy Harrington, Conservation Worker

After living in the Ann Arbor area for 4 years, I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve the community and these beautiful natural areas. I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at BGSU! When I’m not in the field obsessing over birds and mushrooms, you can find me paddling along the Huron River or re-watching the X-Files.


​​​​Natural Area Preservation
Office:
3875 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
734.794.6627

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Remy Long​
  Deputy Manager
Tina Stephens
  Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Becky Hand
  Stewardship Specialist
Michael Hahn
  Stewardship Specialist