Prairie Hills plans and conducts activities that increases the conservation of natural resources, supports economic development and enhances the environment and standard of living for citizens in local communities. Established in 1976 to perform a number of conservation and development activities, the program focused on geographic areas where major economic and social downturns had occurred.
Today, Prairie Hills continues to serve local communities through a locally led process where citizens work together to plan how they can actively solve environmental, economic and social issues, explore opportunities and build community pride.
Prairie Hills works in ten counties within Illinois: Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Mason, McDonough, Knox, Schuyler and Warren. Also, the City of Washington, Illinois.
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Married to Alice King, Retired Principal Avon Elementary School, Avon, IL. Children: Jamie King, Bloomington, IL, Stephen King, Chapel Hill, NC.
Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
1977 – 1981: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, in Santa Rosa, Baker and Union Counties FL; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1981 – 1986: District Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tazewell County VA; Responsible for implementing USDA farm conservation programs; survey, plan, and design of various conservation practices for farm operations and rural communities.
1986 – 2011: Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service covering six counties in West Central IL; Responsible for grant writing and administration, project planning and implementation, and coordination of rural development initiatives. David retired after 36 years of federal service July 2011.
2011 – Present: Executive Director, Prairie Hills Resource Conservation and Development, Inc. David has assisted Prairie Hills complete 527 projects valued over $46 million. He created and founded the Prairie Hills Forestry Consulting Service, Prairie Hills Small Business Revolving Loan program [64 businesses employing 370 people], Reaching Education And Developing Youth Bus Literacy project which has provided over 4000 free books to preK-8th grade children, and the Prairie Land Conservancy, a conservation land trust in a ten county West Central Illinois region. The Conservancy received a 196 ac land donation, which is the Stony Hills Nature Preserve; three conservation easements and a Bequest by Will in 2011.
Interest areas: protection of natural resources, community development, and officiating basketball, baseball and softball at the high school and college level. Recreational swimming.
Megan Pierce-Program Assistant
Attended John Wood Community College and Gem City College in Quincy, IL and spent 10 years in the Chicagoland area in business management and event planning. She had the opportunity to work at Great Lakes Navy Base Exchange as a military civilian while living there. Since moving to the Macomb area she has worked in property management primarily for the college students.
For their future retirement project Megan and her husband Dan have been buying and fixing up rental properties in the area. In her spare time she enjoys going to the Ozarks every summer with her family.
Interest areas: She enjoys taking vacations to the beach and traveling with her husband and their friends. They also like to get on their motorcycle and go for short day trips and finding new places to venture to. She loves riding their four wheeler and mushroom hunting on their family property. She also took auto mechanics in high school and has a love for classic cars and going to car shows as well. When time allows she likes to attend and enjoys helping with local charity cancer benefit events.
PHRCD Executive Board- Pictured Left to Right- David King- PHRCD Exec. Dir., Jere Greuel- VP Internal Affairs, Lyle Johnson- President, Chuck Gilbert- VP External Affairs, Alice Henry- VP Governance, Rob Porter- Former Secretary. [not pictured] Bob Champlin Sr. and Chad Braatz
Prairie Hills RC&D is an equal opportunity provider and employer. We do not discriminate in admission, access to, treatment or employment in programs or activities on the basis of a handicap in violation of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.