Rocky Mountain West Regional Office
Topic Areas: Crops, Food Equity, Local Foods, Pest Management, Policy, Soil Health, Communications, Multimedia
Specific Areas of Expertise: Growing in cold climates, no-till gardening practices, small-scale agriculture production, state and federal habitat policy
Ilona Wilde has a background in wildlife habitat restoration and land management policy. She holds a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where she studied the adaptation potential for amphibians and reptiles in respect to climate change. After graduating, she worked on multiple small scale regenerative and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms across the country. Ilona is happiest working in her garden and experimenting how to grow tomatoes in southwest Montana’s cold climates.
Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz
Western Field Representative, June 2022-October 2023
Montana Wildlife Federation. Butte, MT
Organized habitat restoration projects, wrote comment letters and conservation policies for local, state, and federal land management.
Forestry Technician, June 2021-June 2022
U.S. Forest Service. Butte, MT
Performed trail maintenance, expanded elk habitat through conifer encroachment removal, assisted wildland fire logistics and prescribed burns.