Like Larry Master profiled earlier in this series, NatureServe president and CEO Mary Klein got her start within the NatureServe network at the Michigan Natural Features Inventory. Trained as a wildlife biologist, she signed on as a data manager soon after graduating, hooked by the prospect of focusing attention on rare species and irreplaceable habitats.

And with that step, Mary started along the path of a career engagement at all levels of the network—state, regional, national, and international—leading natural heritage programs in Montana and Colorado, coordinating conservation science in The Nature Conservancy‘s Western region, and chairing NatureServe’s founding board of directors, among them.

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