Meet the Field Staff
Sam Freestone - Field Leader, BLM Wilderness Study Areas
Sam is a lowlander born and raised in the land of corn and soybeans, Iowa. He is working towards an Environmental Science degree and will be a senior at Iowa State University in the fall. He spent his last season as a Wilderness Ranger Intern working in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. In his free time Sam likes backpacking, fishing, swimming, and traveling.
Nyssa Prowell - Field Leader, BLM Wilderness Study Areas
Nyssa grew up in Bellingham, Washington. She attributes her love and curiosity of natural places back to her childhood spent sailing with her dad in the San Juan Islands, and hiking and gardening with her botanist mom. Throughout the recent years she’s worked on restoration and backcountry trail crews in both Washington State and Montana. She also enjoys combining her enjoyment of the outdoors with her artistic tendencies, and can often be found creating art related to her observations outside.
Jamie Drysdale- Field Leader, Lee Metcalf Wilderness
Jamie grew up in Randolph, Vermont. Hiking around the mountains of northern New England and New York he became addicted to the outdoors. He received his undergraduate degree from Ithaca College before moving out west to live, hike, and ski in Teton Valley, Idaho. He spent the two summers working as a forestry technician for the USFS, and just last summer was an intern for WI. Jamie just completed his Masters in Environmental Journalism University of Montana.
Caitlin Piserchia - Field Leader, Lee Metcalf Wilderness
Caitlin grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. As a high schooler, she volunteered on a couple of trail crews in the West and developed a passion for working in wild places and learning about environmental and social change. She eventually made her way west to Montana, where she graduated from UM with a degree in environmental studies and a minor in wilderness studies. Since then, she’s worked on trails across the country for many seasons, mostly as a high school conservation crew leader with Student Conservation Association. She also recently worked as a regional organizer with Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network. She loves traveling and working in wilderness areas, environmental organizing, swimming, making music, contra dancing, and writing.