Wil Rainer joined the Cahaba River Society in April 2021 as part of the Stewardship Team. He will be working with Education Director, Gordon Black, and Environmental Educator, La’Tanya Scott, on the Shane Hulsey CLEAN Environmental Education Program as well as on the Cahaba River plant management program looking for taro among the lilies. He will also be collaborating on a Best Management Practices guide for riverfront landowners.
Growing up in Memphis, Wil spent time paddling, hiking and trail running along the Wolf River; his favorite section is the beautiful, cypress-clad Ghost River. He attended Sewanee: The University of the South from which he holds a Bachelor’s in Natural Resources. Wil moved to Birmingham in 2017 and worked in land sales at Resource Management Services, LLC before moving to Wilmington, NC where he continued with RMS as a forester. The following winter he worked in Newland, NC on a Christmas tree farm wrangling wreaths and trees for delivery across the country. After moving to Edwards, CO and working at Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Wil began work with the Bureau of Land Management on a botany crew characterizing plant and soil communities across 1.3 million acres of public land. After returning to Birmingham in 2020, Wil turned his eye towards the river systems with Osprey Initiative, LLC. He helped manage the Litter Gitter devices in the Cahaba River, the Black Warrior River and the many tributaries of each. With Osprey, Wil helped remove and recycle 1,000’s of pounds of trash from waterways in Birmingham, Decatur and Atlanta.
When not working with CRS, Wil enjoys any outdoor activity and loves to identify plants. He is currently building a personal herbarium of plants he sustainably collects throughout the Southeast.