Rodney Walter

Rodney Walter MS’00 Landscape Architecture • While majoring in landscape architecture at UW–Madison, Rodney Walter made a point of taking as many field ecology classes as possible. The hands-on education he received gave him a great appreciation for the diversity and complexity of Wisconsin’s natural areas and led him to a career as director of habitat protection for the Wisconsin chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Walter chose this field, he says, because he wanted to work outdoors in a way that would respect and preserve the natural world rather than consume it. “The best part of my work is when I get to work directly with the landowners that the Conservancy is working with to protect their land and spend time seeing some of the best parts of Wisconsin,” he says.