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.  

Colleen Autry
Horticulturist

Colleen is currently on the Dean’s List at Washington University, finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability with an emphasis in Earth Science. She has also attended the STLCC Meramec Horticulture Program. For the past 10 years Colleen has been an event floral designer, most notably designing the floral arrangements that grace the interior of Sculpture Hall at the Saint Louis Art Museum. She has worked as a landscaper maintenance crew lead for residential and commercial accounts. She was the co-founder of EarthDance, an organic farming apprenticeship program in Ferguson. She continues her love for agriculture by volunteering at an organic Flower Farm in Beaufort, Missouri. Colleen works in Zone 5 and Zone 7 on a rotational basis caring for Government Hill and the annual beds near the Forest Park entrances.

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. 

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.

Patrick Greenwald
Horticulturist

Patrick joined FPF in fall 2014 as  FPF's Horticulturist for Zone 2 (Grand Basin and Boat House Zone). He has a passion for working in public horticulture, with experience including serving as Regional Horticultural specialist for University of Missouri Extension Office, where he supervised volunteers, wrote a weekly horticulture column and was as an instructor of horticulture, fielding questions and providing answers for the community. Patrick has also worked in greenhouse and nursery and production management, working in positions of both field work and management of inventory, orders, and delivery. 

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.

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. 

Cassi Lundeen
Nature Works Field Coordinator 

Cassi joined FPF in 2012 as a Nature Reserve Intern and graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Administration and a minor in Communications and Outdoor Leadership. During college she completed the Environmental Conservation Outdoor Education Expedition a semester-long field studies program that supports professional preparation in outdoor leadership through experiential education. After graduation Cassi completed to service terms with AmeriCorps. Serving both with Wyoming Conservation Corps, and St. Louis Emergency Response Team. Both programs are Conservation Focused working with different Land Management Agencies. Since early 2014 Cassi has held the position of Nature Works Field Coordinator.

Kate Ronan
Gardener

Kate joined FPF in 2014 and assists in maintaining Zone 6 on the eastern side of the Park. Originally from western New York, Kate worked on small farms in Maine and Montana before moving to St. Louis. She enjoys exploring the city by bike and taking in the view from the World’s Fair Pavilion. Kate has a bachelor’s in Geography from Syracuse University. 

Theo Smith 
Nature Reserve Technician 

Theo joined FPF in April of 2013 as a Nature Reserve Intern and became a full-time staff member in March 2014. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University in 2009. Prior to FPF, Theo served two years as an AmeriCorps member working within the Missouri Clean Water AmeriCorps program, with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition, directing their rain barrel program, leading riparian and forest habitat restoration events and conducting water quality monitoring sessions. As the Nature Reserve Technician, Theo works in Zone 4 with Nature Reserve Stewards Amy Josh in managing and maintaining Forest Park’s natural areas such as Kennedy and Successional Forests, Audobon and Kennedy Savanna’s and Steinberg Prairie.

Jaimie Tyler
Horticulturist

Since May 2014, Jaimie has worked in Zone 1 — the Welcome Zone — of Forest Park. She graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Horticulture. Previously, she spent two-plus years at Missouri Wildflower Nursery and one year as green house manager for Missouri State Agriculture department.

Jim Wagner
Horticulturist

Jim joined Forest Park Forever in September 2014 as Horticulturist for Zone 3 (Art Hill and Park in Motion Zone). Jim is an  ISA certified arborist who came to FPF from the Missouri Botanical Garden  Prior to that role,  he was a grounds supervisor for a college campus. He brings great experience managing public gardens and providing educational instruction for volunteers and the community.  


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: