Nathan Gingerich is a Nursery Site Steward for AES’ Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries (TCRN). He has 12 years experience managing nursery interactions with remnant natural areas. This involves locating and collecting seed from wild sources in support of organizational and project needs.
He specializes in procuring uncommon and taxonomically challenging species, having substantially clarified and expanded the catalog of species handled by TCRN in his tenure. In addition to seed procurement, Nathan brings a seasonal round of weed control initiatives and a robust prescribed fire program to properties that very critically support TCRN.
Nathan began his AES career in 2004 as a Field Crew Leader with the Ecological Restoration division. In that capacity, he directed on-the-ground construction and subsequent ecological management of a sizable portfolio of formal native landscape and large-scale restoration planting/seeding projects. Chief among these was the 6-12 campus of the School District of South Milwaukee (WI), a project in which Nathan is still very involved as he provides landscaping maintenance through TCRN.
In 2010, Nathan joined the staff of TCRN, assisting the nursery team in the fulfillment of several large and challenging, multi-year orders for restoration projects at Deer Grove Forest Preserve, Northerly Island, Jackson Park, Nippersink Creek, and Portage Park.
Extensive wildland field experience prior to AES; more recent deep exploration of upper Midwest ecological geography; competence with an array of tools and equipment relevant to ecological construction and maintenance; and enumerable hours spent parsing unidentified plant specimens all contribute to Nathan’s particular skill set.