PPF Board of Directors
President: David HallDavid has lived in Latah County just outside Moscow since first grade, with the exception of his travels. He 'owns' 15 acres of native forestland upon which he hopes to find some giant Palouse earthworms, and tends a very small patch of reintroduced native prairie plants. He is a board member of the Palouse Water Conservation Network and is involved in putting on the Moscow Renaissance Fair and the Palouse Basin Water Summit. David has been involved with the Palouse Prairie Foundation since it founding.
Vice president: Joan FolwellJoan moved to the Palouse in 1968 from the prairies of Illinois. She is trained as a zoologist and is an enthusiastic, but undisciplined and naive, gardener. Her husband and she recently purchased a piece of cultivated ground and they are engaged in an effort to restore it to some semblance of Palouse Prairie. Over the last few years, PPF members have been inestimable resources for this project. She is committed to actively advocating preservation of existing prairie remnants and greater use of native plants for landscaping purposes.
Secretary: Dave SkinnerDave Skinner is the 5th generation of his family to live on the Palouse. His great-grandfather probably plowed out Palouse Prairie. Dave would like to restore part of it. Dave raised grain on the Palouse for a few years in the 1970's and ran an organic market garden for many years, selling at the Moscow Farmer's Market. He recently retired after 31 years at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center, where he worked with native grass seed since 1978. Since 1997 he has been working on a Palouse Prairie Restoration at the Plant Materials Center and he still returns there to keep the studies active. He has been an active member of the Palouse Prairie Foundation since its founding and served as president of PPF for several years. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Pullman Community Gardens at Koppel Farm for the past 10 years. Dave would like to see the Palouse Prairie Foundation continue to encourage preservation of the little prairie that remains and work to restore more of the vanishing ecosystem.
Treasurer: Jo BohnaBorn on the East Coast, Jo have been traveling west ever since. Along the way she picked up a BS in psychology from Central Michigan University. Jo has also owned a small business for over 20 years which had upwards of 50 employees in five different states. Now she is a property manager. Jo is interested in restoring native food plants and habitats in our western states. Jo believes the Palouse Prairie Foundation is an integral part of the process.
Member at large: Tim HattenTim Hatten is the owner and CEO of Invertebrate Ecology, Inc. (IE), a small consulting firm located in Moscow, ID. Invertebrate Ecology provides organizations with assistance in performing biodiversity studies, environmental site assessments, endangered species surveys, etc., especially if invertebrate fauna such as aquatic or terrestrial arthropods are of interest.
Prior to establishing IE, Tim received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Idaho and Washington State University, respectively. His research focused on 1) the response of pest and natural enemies to management practices in agroecosystems, and 2) the epigeal beetle fauna of the highly fragmented Palouse Prairie and surrounding matrix habitats. Prior to graduate school Tim spent two years in Niger, West Africa with the U.S. Peace Corps doing village development projects for the Djarma tribe. He then worked for 10 years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, six of these years acting as liaison to the U.S. EPA's Agriculture Initiative. With the Agriculture Initiative, Tim worked in interdisciplinary teams developing private/public partnerships to solve agricultural pollution problems.
Tim is interested in supporting past and present efforts to conserve and restore Palouse Prairie, with the ultimate goal of creating a more sustainable ecosystem.