Tyler Dula, Conservation Technical Assistant
Tyler Dula has joined the Manistee Conservation District as a Conservation Technical Assistant. Tyler will be working closely with NRCS District Conservationist Scott Hughey to increase the number of specialty crop, forestry and wildlife contracts MACD and NRCS can service in Manistee and Benzie counties.
Tyler received his Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources management from Grand Valley State University in 2016. Tyler started his final year of study in New Zealand, as he conducted an independent study helping coastal agricultural farms to increase vegetative cover near dunes and streams, as well as implementing an invasive fauna control program. He then finished his final year in Colorado and New Mexico studying how these areas of the country manage their waste and freshwater systems. After returning to Michigan to receive his degree, Tyler joined the Huron Pines AmeriCorps where he served over 1700 volunteer hours as a Habitat Restoration Technician in Gaylord, Michigan. During his service, Tyler was developing and assisting on projects in the field including invasive species inventories and treatments, erosion control installation, fish habitat installation, trail building and many other restoration efforts. The majority of Tyler’s service was spent developing and completing an inventory of road-stream crossings in the Thunder Bay watershed. The purpose of this survey was to find if any of the structures at these road-stream crossing were creating fish passage barriers, whether that was dams or roads causing water flow issues. This survey resulted in over 700 locations being inventoried across five counties of Northeast Michigan. As a result, Huron Pines has five funded sites through 2022 that will reconnect 88 total miles of upstream habitat in the Thunder Bay watershed.
Tyler has a diverse background outside of natural resource management. Most recently, he spent the last year in Thailand working as an English teacher in a Thai school. Tyler is excited to escape the heat and be back in Northern Michigan and continuing toward management efforts that will help to protect the land and waters of Michigan. In his free time Tyler enjoys hiking, kayaking, hunting, playing tennis and on weekends you will certainly catch him watching a football game from home or at the pub.