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Hannah smiling at the camera while collecting seeds from plants. She is wearing a bright orange button down, sunglasses, and a straw sun hat.

Good Bye and Good Luck, Hannah!

One of the Conservancy’s MVPs, Hannah Walchak, recently parted ways with the Conservancy. She is returning to the Chicago area to spend time with family.  As Conservation Director, Hannah has been instrumental in developing, restoring, and maintaining the land under the Escondido Creek Conservancy banner. Under her guidance the Land Team and the Conservancy’s land volunteers have become a force for nature.
I am thankful for 5 beautiful years with the conservancy, and grateful for everything Leo taught me about honoring and protecting the land. I can’t wait to come back as a volunteer and do some trail work or pull some invasive plants, I will always feel tied to this precious land.
Thanks guys and happy trails!
• Hannah Walchak, Former Conservancy Director
A group of diners stand and pose with arms over each other shoulders.

Hannah’s (center in the red coat) goodbye dinner in Escondido.

My five words about working and becoming friends with Hannah—curious, energetic, compassionate, intrepid, smart.

Hannah came on board during a time of rapid expansion of Conservancy managed properties and was instrumental in upping our game to ensure all our land was properly stewarded. She leaves a fine legacy and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
• Leonard Wittwer, Escondido Creek Conservancy Board President
Members of a land conservation team look up at a the camera while standing and sitting on rocks spread across a running creek.

Hannah (lower-left) posing with the team in the Escondido Creek watershed.

“Hannah is a perennial champion of wildlands, and the Conservancy’s properties have flourished under her care.  When she wasn’t in the field, she always brought the sunshine into the office with her.”

• Simon Breen, Education Director

A woman in a ballcap and oversized purple button down smiles at the camera while pulling a plant from a pot to be put into the ground.

Hannah at a Conservancy planting event.

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen Hannah without a smile, even during a long Zoom meeting! Her positivity was infectious and I was inspired by her hands-on approach to giving back to nature.

• Ryan Woldt, Former Marketing & Communications Associate

Hannah smiles directly into the camera with native plants in the background

Hannah was always uplifting everyone with her smile.