Our Staff

Jim Nelson, Owner

Jim has two decades of natural resource experience in the midwest. From Southern Wisconsin to Central Illinois, he served as an ecological restoration and native landscape project manager for Applied Ecological Services, a restoration professional for LaGesse and Associates and a watershed planner before opening Nelson Land Management.

Jim is an IL Certified Burn Manager, holds several wildland fire certifications, and has extensive experience managing invasive species of concern in the central midwest. 

Avery Weinrich, Ecological Restoration Foreman

Avery joined NLM in December of 2018 and is the project foreman for NLM's contracting division. He has previously lead crews for the United State Forest Service and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Avery holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Pennsylvania State University. His favorite part of the job is working with landowners, biologists, and most of all his fellow crew members to improve and restore Illinois' ecosystems.

Alex Davis, Ecological Restoration Technician

Alex joined NLM in May of 2018 and quickly became a key employee. Her passion for the natural world is infectious and she gets the job done. Alex holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Illinois Springfield. 

Zach Stephenson, Ecological Restoration Foreman

Zach joined NLM in November of 2018. His previous experience as a seasonal employee at the IL Department of Natural Resources Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area gave him real-world experience with the work we do throughout the region.  No stranger to the outdoors, Zach does great work and really has a knack regarding management techniques to get ecosystems back on track. Zach holds a bachelor's of science degree in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University.

Tanner Cicci, Ecological Restoration Technician

Tanner joined NLM in April of 2019 after completing his degree in Environmental Studies at McKendree University with a minor in Business Administration. He has experience in invasive species control, greenhouse operation, erosion control, and agriculture. Also of note is Tanner's achievement of NCAA Division 2 All American status in Golf while at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL.

Ethan Crain, Ecological Restoration Technician

Ethan joined NLM in July of 2019 after earning his degree in Environmental Studies with concentrations in Wildlife Management and Ecohydrology from Illinois College in Jacksonville. He served as a Conservation Education Intern with the IL Department of Natural Resources and a National Fish and Wildlife Refuge intern in Meredosia, IL When he's not working you'll probably find Ethan on a boat angling, regardless of the temperature or precipitation. 


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