Evgenia Spears, the new watershed coordinator for the Mill Creek Watershed Partnership project, is now on duty.
“I am looking forward to advancing the Mill Creek restoration through productive collaborative efforts between citizens and partner organizations,” she said.
Spears passion about conservation and management of natural resources originates from her background and experiences growing up on a small farm in Ukraine.
“Positive interactions with the land through work, recreation, and play translated into strong conservation views that I hold today. I believe that the impact of individual decisions is not bounded by property lines, but rather, covers entire ecosystems as they spread across the boundaries of privately-owned holdings. This makes effective collaboration imperative to achieve excellence in natural resource stewardship and ecosystem function.”
Spears received a doctorate degree in recreation, park, and tourism sciences from Texas A&M University, where she studied the relationship between humans and the natural world. In her dissertation, she explored landowners’ emotional connection to their properties and its influence on landowners’ conservation decisions.
“Driven by the challenge to balance human and nature needs, I am eager to serve the Mill Creek watershed community and share my passion for stewardship with everyone who lives, works, and recreates in the watershed,” she said.