Landmark is ASC’s groundbreaking project to provide “boots on the ground” support for the American Prairie Reserve management team. Wildlife survey crews consist of skilled outdoors men and women who live and work on Montana’s northern Great Plains, collecting data that informs APR’s conservation management decisions.

Several members of the August Landmark crew are staying on through September, Jason, Christin, Sofia and Morgan, and are joined by two new teammates, Hendrikje and Laura. Get to know the new folks here:


Hendrikje Schröeder was born and raised in the north of Germany. She is about to finish her master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, specializing on Wildlife and Protected Areas Management in Munich. Her second focus, which she values equally, is Environmental Economics and Policy.

Hendrikje is also an environmental educator working with stakeholders affected by the conservation of Europe’s three large carnivores.

She spent a year studying and traveling in South and Central Africa in 2012, and has also visited Australia and the Philippines. Her hobbies include rock climbing, hiking and other nature activities.

After living in urban areas, she is thrilled to explore the vast outdoors and camp in the prairie.


Originally from the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Laura Hitt  maintains there is nothing like the smell of rain on parched earth. A graduate of Prescott College, she studied creative writing and environmental studies, and is now preparing to get her masters in creative writing with a focus on nature writing.

During a NOLS semester in Australia, she sea kayaked in the Indian Ocean and backpacked through tropical savanna. She has also traveled in Norway, Indonesia and South America, and her passions include natural history, yoga, cooking (and eating), and spending time outside.

Currently Laura works as an organic market gardener and stalks Cormac McCarthy in her spare time. She is excited to explore eastern Montana and gain fieldwork experience on the prairie.

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