Karen A. Woodrich began her professional career with the USDA NRCS as a Soil Conservationist in 1998 in Portage, Michigan. After working in Iowa, Illinois and Kentucky, Karen was selected as the State Conservationist in Kansas in 2018. Through collaborative partnerships and innovative solutions, Karen and her team of engineers, soil scientists, range and soil conservationists, technicians, and biologists are working with farmers, ranchers, and forest users to balance natural resource priorities with agriculture and forest production goals.
Karen is a native of central Wisconsin, with a dairy farm and Christmas tree business background. Karen holds a bachelor’s in soil science from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, and has completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Leadership Development Program. She now resides in Salina, Kansas with her husband.