Land Management Team

Meet the gardeners, horticulturists and staff who make Forest Park the magnificent place it is.


Land Management Leadership

BILL REININGER PARK OPERATIONS MANAGER EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950

BILL REININGER
PARK OPERATIONS MANAGER
EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950

Bill, who joined Forest Park Forever in June 2005, oversees the Facility Operations of the Park and Management Division and the Visitor and Education Center. He received his B.S. in Forestry and B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to working for FPF, Bill spent more than two years as a horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, two years as the Forestry Foreman for the University City and seven years as the Park Operations Superintendent for the City of Crestwood. He is a certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture and is a National Playground Safety Inspector.

DAVID ROWAN HORTICULTURE FOREMAN EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950

DAVID ROWAN
HORTICULTURE FOREMAN
EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950

David, who joined FPF in early 2014, is a 2004 graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design. David brings more than 12 years of experience to FPF, having worked with several private landscape design firms and as a Landscape Designer and Operations Manager with a national commercial landscape company. 

David is a member of the Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society for Horticulture Education. Dedicated to expanding his horticulture knowledge annually by taking continuing education studies under the leading educators in their field, David recently participated in an intensive course in Soil Fertility and Microbiology taught by renowned scientist, Elaine Ingham, a Soil Biology Researcher and Rodale Institute’s Chief Scientist. 

PETER VANLINN III PARK ECOLOGIST EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950, Ext. 15

PETER VANLINN III
PARK ECOLOGIST
EMAIL | P: (314) 932-5950, Ext. 15

Peter joined FPF in October of 2011, coming from Las Vegas, where he received his Masters in Environmental Science focused on modeling wildfire potential in the SW United States. He has over five years of experience in the field of Ecology ranging from work with USGS and NPS in the mountains and deserts of the southwest, to work in the forests, prairies and watersheds of Wisconsin working for the DNR.  

Peter is originally from Wisconsin where he received his B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His focus is in ecosystem management and restoration. Peter is the direct supervisor for the two Nature Reserve Stewards in Zone 4.

Nature Reserve Stewards

Amy Witt Zone 4 — Nature Reserve  (Deer Lake Area, Successional Forest, and Steinberg Prairie) Amy joined FPF in October of 2012. She moved from Olympia, WA, where she was working with riparian habitat restoration, endangered salmon, and waterbirds. Originally from Ohio, Amy has been working with land management and wildlife across the U.S. since she graduated with a B.S. in Biology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.  She eventually came to the conclusion that the availability of and health of habitats were key to both human and wildlife, and she is proud to be able to conserve and manage part of Forest Park's natural areas. With over five years of experience in the environmental field, she is happy to continue learning and educating as a member of the FPF.  

Amy Witt

Zone 4 — Nature Reserve  (Deer Lake Area, Successional Forest, and Steinberg Prairie)

Amy joined FPF in October of 2012. She moved from Olympia, WA, where she was working with riparian habitat restoration, endangered salmon, and waterbirds. Originally from Ohio, Amy has been working with land management and wildlife across the U.S. since she graduated with a B.S. in Biology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.  She eventually came to the conclusion that the availability of and health of habitats were key to both human and wildlife, and she is proud to be able to conserve and manage part of Forest Park's natural areas. With over five years of experience in the environmental field, she is happy to continue learning and educating as a member of the FPF.  

Josh Wibbenmeyer Zone 4 — Nature Reserve (Deer Lake Area, Successional Forest, and Steinberg Prairie) Josh joined FPF in October of 2012, coming from Glen Carbon, IL, where he worked as a Regional Ecologist for Applied Ecological Services. He was hired by AES to re-evaluate the ecological conditions of all state designated natural areas throughout southern Illinois, and to collect updated vegetation data and community type boundaries. Josh has over three years of experience conducting ecological assessments and vegetation monitoring projects with The Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Josh received his M.S. and B.S. in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University, where he conducted a floristic survey of sand prairie remnants in Scott County, and identified and mapped several populations of Species of Conservation Concern.

Josh Wibbenmeyer

Zone 4 — Nature Reserve (Deer Lake Area, Successional Forest, and Steinberg Prairie)

Josh joined FPF in October of 2012, coming from Glen Carbon, IL, where he worked as a Regional Ecologist for Applied Ecological Services. He was hired by AES to re-evaluate the ecological conditions of all state designated natural areas throughout southern Illinois, and to collect updated vegetation data and community type boundaries. Josh has over three years of experience conducting ecological assessments and vegetation monitoring projects with The Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Josh received his M.S. and B.S. in Biology from Southeast Missouri State University, where he conducted a floristic survey of sand prairie remnants in Scott County, and identified and mapped several populations of Species of Conservation Concern.


Horticulturists, Gardeners and Administration

Julie Anderson Administrative Assistant Originally from Joliet, Illinois, Julie came to St. Louis in 2002 to attend Saint Louis University. She graduated in 2006 with a BA in Communications and Certificate of Marketing. While in college, she worked for a minor league baseball team back home during the summers which prepared her for working as an Account Executive with the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club during the 07-08/08-09 seasons.  She is ecstatic to be a part of Forest Park Forever and loves learning new things about the Park every day.  

Julie Anderson
Administrative Assistant

Originally from Joliet, Illinois, Julie came to St. Louis in 2002 to attend Saint Louis University. She graduated in 2006 with a BA in Communications and Certificate of Marketing. While in college, she worked for a minor league baseball team back home during the summers which prepared her for working as an Account Executive with the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club during the 07-08/08-09 seasons.  She is ecstatic to be a part of Forest Park Forever and loves learning new things about the Park every day.  


Crystal Camp Horticulturist Crystal joined FPF in October 2009 to assist the Horticultural staff and volunteers within the various Forest Park Forever maintenance zones. After two years the position of horticulturist came open and she moved up from a gardener position to horticulturist for Zone 5. She previously had been working for St. Charles County Parks Department doing landscape maintenance activities within their park system. Crystal has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Conservation Certificate.

Crystal Camp
Horticulturist

Crystal joined FPF in October 2009 to assist the Horticultural staff and volunteers within the various Forest Park Forever maintenance zones. After two years the position of horticulturist came open and she moved up from a gardener position to horticulturist for Zone 5. She previously had been working for St. Charles County Parks Department doing landscape maintenance activities within their park system. Crystal has a B.A. in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Conservation Certificate.

Fletcher Coats Gardener Fletcher joined Forest Park Forever in December 2010 and works with horticulturists in Zone 3 and Zone 5. A graduate of "Go Green," a 12-week gardening program sponsored by Gateway Greening and the St. Patrick Center, he came to Forest Park Forever eager to learn and remains so today. 

Fletcher Coats
Gardener

Fletcher joined Forest Park Forever in December 2010 and works with horticulturists in Zone 3 and Zone 5. A graduate of "Go Green," a 12-week gardening program sponsored by Gateway Greening and the St. Patrick Center, he came to Forest Park Forever eager to learn and remains so today. 


Adam Graham Gardener Adam graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington Kentucky in 2008 with a B.A. in English and minor in Spanish. While at school he participated in NCAA Division III Cross Country running all four years. Prior to being hired full time with Forest Park Forever, he worked at the Royal Cypress Golf course, served one year with AmeriCorps St. Louis on the Education Team and assisted the horticultural staff as an intern during the summer of 2012. Adam works in Zone 1 assists with maintaining the Visitor and Education Center and surrounding areas, as well as Sigel Statue. He joined FPF in January 2013.

Adam Graham
Gardener

Adam graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington Kentucky in 2008 with a B.A. in English and minor in Spanish. While at school he participated in NCAA Division III Cross Country running all four years. Prior to being hired full time with Forest Park Forever, he worked at the Royal Cypress Golf course, served one year with AmeriCorps St. Louis on the Education Team and assisted the horticultural staff as an intern during the summer of 2012. Adam works in Zone 1 assists with maintaining the Visitor and Education Center and surrounding areas, as well as Sigel Statue. He joined FPF in January 2013.

Mark Halpin Horticulturist Mark joined Forest Park Forever in 2010 and is currently responsible  for maintaining Forest Park's entrance medians and nearby landscapes, as well as the median and roundabout behind the World's Fair Pavilion and  the Hampton Pedestrian Underpass. Mark's prior experience includes retail garden center work, nursery production and private landscaping. Mark holds an Associate's Degree in Horticulture from STLCC Meramec. 

Mark Halpin
Horticulturist

Mark joined Forest Park Forever in 2010 and is currently responsible  for maintaining Forest Park's entrance medians and nearby landscapes, as well as the median and roundabout behind the World's Fair Pavilion and  the Hampton Pedestrian Underpass. Mark's prior experience includes retail garden center work, nursery production and private landscaping. Mark holds an Associate's Degree in Horticulture from STLCC Meramec. 


Eric Hazley Gardener Eric works with the horticulturist in Zone 2 on a daily basis. He helps maintain all of the plantings and hardscapes, and performs various other tasks that are involved with caring for 60 acres of Forest Park. Eric comes to us with years of experience maintaining the grounds of several corporate campuses and apartment complexes.

Eric Hazley
Gardener

Eric works with the horticulturist in Zone 2 on a daily basis. He helps maintain all of the plantings and hardscapes, and performs various other tasks that are involved with caring for 60 acres of Forest Park. Eric comes to us with years of experience maintaining the grounds of several corporate campuses and apartment complexes.


Christopher Kelly Horticulture Apprentice  Chris is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Teaching Certificate, B.A. in Social Sciences, specializing in History. Prior to being hired full-time by Forest Park Forever, he interned with FPF in the Nature Reserve Zone beginning in March of 2011 and spent three years serving with AmeriCorps St Louisí Emergency Response Team. During his time with ACSTL, he was involved in a significant amount of disaster relief work, but spent even more time in the woods working on conservation projects. These included timber stand movement, trail repair and building, wildfire suppression and controlled burning. 

Christopher Kelly
Horticulture Apprentice 

Chris is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Teaching Certificate, B.A. in Social Sciences, specializing in History. Prior to being hired full-time by Forest Park Forever, he interned with FPF in the Nature Reserve Zone beginning in March of 2011 and spent three years serving with AmeriCorps St Louisí Emergency Response Team. During his time with ACSTL, he was involved in a significant amount of disaster relief work, but spent even more time in the woods working on conservation projects. These included timber stand movement, trail repair and building, wildfire suppression and controlled burning. 


Maintenance Zone Map

Our Land Management works in a Zone system, to care for the Park most efficiently and thoroughly. Here's a look at the individual zones: