Reservations now being made for our 6th Annual Extending The Prairie Table Fundraising Dinner
Prairie Hills plans and conducts activities that increases the conservation of natural resources, supports economic development and enhances the environment and standard of living for citizens in local communities. Established in 1976 to perform a number of conservation and development activities, the program focused on geographic areas where major economic and social downturns had occurred.
Today, Prairie Hills continues to serve local communities through a locally led process where citizens work together to plan how they can actively solve environmental, economic and social issues, explore opportunities and build community pride.
Prairie Hills works in ten counties within Illinois: Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Mason, McDonough, Knox, Schuyler and Warren. Also, the City of Washington, Illinois.
For More information about current programs and projects please call us at 309.833.4747 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Married to Alice King, Retired Principal Avon Elementary School, Avon, IL. Children: Jamie King, Bloomington, IL, Stephen King, Chapel Hill, NC.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
1977 – 1981: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Santa Rosa, Baker and Union Counties FL; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1981 – 1986: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tazewell County VA; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1986 – 2011: Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service covering six counties in West Central IL; Responsible for grant writing and administration, project planning and implementation, and coordination of rural development initiatives. David retired after 36 years of federal service July 2011.
2011 – Present: Executive Director, Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. David has assisted Prairie Hills complete 527 projects valued over $46 million. He created and founded the Prairie Hills Forestry Consulting Service, Prairie Hills Small Business Revolving Loan program [64 businesses employing 370 people], Reaching Education And Developing Youth Bus Literacy project which has provided over 4000 free books to preK-8th grade children, and the Prairie Land Conservancy, a conservation land trust in a ten county West Central Illinois region. The Conservancy received a 196 ac land donation, which is the Stony Hills Nature Preserve; three conservation easements and a Bequest by Will in 2011.
Interest areas: protection of natural resources, community development, and officiating basketball, baseball and softball at the high school and college level. Recreational swimming.
Vicky Torreson Program Coordinator
Vicky and her husband Dean moved to Macomb, Illinois in 2008. Vicky served as Vice President of Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce from 2008-2010. In 2010 she returned to her previous career in Real Estate and sold homes with Century 21,Purdum,Epperson of Macomb. She then worked as Executive Director of Voluntary Action Center, Meals on Wheels. She is now enjoying the role of Program Coordinator at Prairie Land Conservancy. Vicky was born and raised on a farm in Northwest Iowa, and is a strong supporter of preserving wildlife habitat, open space, natural areas, and sustainable agricultural land. In her spare time she loves to travel to Spirit Lake, Iowa with her husband Dean to visit their children and 6 grandchildren. While at home in Macomb she enjoys working in the yard, running, home decorating, refinishing furniture, staging, spending time with friends and being involved in the community.
PHRCD Executive Board- Pictured Left to Right-Front row; Bob Lantz former PHRCD coordinator, Lyle Johnson- President, Jere Greuel- VP Internal Affairs, Back row; Alice Henry- VP Governance, Jennie Hemingway, Secretary, Robert Champlin, Director, Chuck Gilbert- VP External Affairs, Megan Pierce Program Asst, David King- PHRCD Exec. Dir. [not pictured] Chad Braatz.
Prairie Hills RC&D is an equal opportunity provider. We do not discriminate in admission, access to, treatment or employment in programs or activities on the basis of a handicap in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.