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Steven Huckett
Conservation Programs Director , Great River Greening
Minnesota, United States
Steven Huckett is a broadly trained scientist who focuses on developing sustainable land uses aimed at improving people’s livelihoods, preserving natural resources, and restoring watershed/ecosystem services. Steven has extensive experience working with smallhold stakeholders and agricultural and pastoral communities to develop pragmatic strategies to integrate NRM with Socioeconomic improvements.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Steven Huckett is a broadly trained scientist focused on developing sustainable land uses aimed at improving people’s livelihoods while also preserving natural resources and restoring ecosystem services. Early in his career Steve studied Agronomy (B.S., Kansas State University), then worked in seed maize production and environmental consulting. During his stint as a consultant, he earned a degree in Ecosystems/Watershed Management (M.S., University of New Mexico). This training enabled him to shift his career focus towards natural resource conservation and led to his becoming the on-site Natural Areas Preserve Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona. Through these experiences, Steve developed a deep-seated belief that in order to develop sustainable resource management practices, one must engage stakeholders (i.e., local communities, policy makers, land owners) in decision-making and implementation processes as well as develop meaningful relationships among stakeholders. Steve moved to Montana where he served as the General Manager of a small “Dude Ranch” near Yellowstone N.P. After this, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Human Dimensions of Ecosystems Science and Management (Utah State University) with a focus of his research on developing pragmatic strategies for improving natural resources management on agricultural and grazing lands. Steve has worked on a number of applied research projects in the U.S. and Africa, designed to create sustainable practices for the restoration of ecosystem function and the alleviation of poverty. Steve applied himself as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist conducting Human Dimensions Field Research for an NSF-funded project that is examining the effects of various land management schemes in Laikipia, Kenya. The project examines how the use of cattle influences tick-borne disease burdens in livestock, wildlife, and people and in turn how livelihoods are affected. Currently, he is Conservation Programs Director for a small ecological restoration NGO in St Paul, Minnesota. He is charged with visioning and development of future, innovative programs to effect conservation on agriculturally dominated lands with the overarching goal of improving Water Quality in the state. When not in the field or office working, Steve enjoys rural life and many outdoor activities including hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and photography, and is trying to learn Kiswahili. He enjoys riding motorcycles, horses, gardening and spending time as a shade tree mechanic repairing and restoring old (sic junk) vehicles (a real asset when working in the bush!!). Steve is currently working to parlay his life’s education and experience into a fruitful career integrating the principles of watershed management and ecological restoration with humans’ needs and perspectives (Human Dimensions) to develop sustainable and ecologically sound land management practices. He can be reached at or
PhD - Human Dimensions of Ecosystems Science and Management.
M.S. - Biology (Watershed Management and Ecosystems Ecology.
B.S. - Agronomy (soils ecology and production)
Affiliations and Achievements:
Am a member of the Society of Ecological Restoration and have received training in River Classification of Natural Rivers & Natural Channel Design by David Rosgen. Past member of the Society of Range Management.
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, German
    United States
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