David and Kristen started KD Ecological Services in 2013 in the Hickory Nut Gorge of western North Carolina out of the need for quality and affordable non-native invasive plant management.
KD Ecological Services is committed to restoring the natural biological diversity of Western North Carolina and beyond through targeted, sustainable, and scientifically sound management of non-native invasive plants. Our aim is to provide the most effective and ecologically friendly services for our clients. We pride ourselves in working closely with landowners to develop the best possible solutions for their management needs.
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David has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of West Florida. He has over 10 years experience in treating non-native plants in Florida and the Carolinas. David is currently working as the Hickory Nut Gorge Steward with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. For KDES, David conducts non-native plant inventories, creates management plans, and leads on-the-ground treatments.
Kristen graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a biology minor. She currently serves as the AmeriCorps Project Conserve Program Coordinator for the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. Kristen has over 5 years experience with the natural plant communities of Western North Carolina. For KDES, Kristen conducts native plant inventories, leads treatment crews, and prepares sites for applied herbivory.
Applied Herbivory Specialist
Joining the KDES team in the spring of 2014, Lauren contributes expertise in applied herbivory project planning and oversight along with more than 10 years of experience in surveying and managing native flora and non-native invasive vegetation. Lauren has a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Conservation Biology from Warren Wilson College and a M.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Ecology from Indiana University.