Ashley is a contributor to our series, Voices of the Platte. Ashley Oblander is currently a Hubbard Fellow with The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska and is based at the Platte River Prairies. She grew up in a small northeast Iowa town and has always loved nature. However, her passion for conservation started during her undergraduate degree at Central College while working on a prairie restoration project. After getting her Master’s degree in biology with the University of Nebraska in Omaha, she worked for The Nature Conservancy in Iowa for a little over a year before returning to Nebraska for her fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, photography, and spending time with family and friends.