Our Management Staff
Jesse Bennett
Co-Owner / Ecologist
email:   jesse@driftlesslandstewardship.com
cell phone:  (608)778-2832

Raised in Bagley, WI, Jesse spent his formative years experiencing life through the lens of the Driftless Area. The study of philosophy and sociology helped elucidate his place in the universe, and Driftless Land Stewardship LLC  was soon founded as an attempt to keep the global life support system functioning. He enjoys the study of natural communities, social philosophy,  food, wine, and funky music. He and Jaye are reluctant business owners living in Bagley, WI with three pampered cats (and 89 pampered goats).



Jaye Maxfield
Co-Owner / Ecologist / Rx Fire Director
email:   jaye@driftlesslandstewardship.com
cell phone: (608)778-6848

Jaye claims she is too busy to write a bio. Between the stress of running the business and thinking about goats, this is probably true. She grew up in Beloit, studied botany and field biology at UW-Platteville, and is the one who really keeps DLS running.


Jennifer Peak
Administrative Assistant / GIS Technician
email: info@driftlesslandstewardship.com
Office Phone: (608)996-2135

Jen is a SW Wisconsin Native of Prairie du Chien & graduated from UW-Platteville in May 2007, with a BA in Geography & an a BA in Social Science with an emphasis in History. Jen now lives outside Prairie du Chien, WI, with her husband, Justin, & cat (Bailey). She was raised in the outdoors hunting, fishing, & camping. This is where she learned to appreciate the beauty that the Driftless Area possesses. Jen enjoys playing sports (volleyball & softball), canoeing, camping, backpacking, cooking, wine, & traveling.


Josh Tamling
Heavy Machine Operator / Ecological Technician

Josh was born and raised in the driftless area of SW Wisconsin. He lives with his wife, Solitair, and his dog, Bear. As graduate of UW-Stevens Point, with a BS in Wildlife, Josh bring knowledge and work experience to DLS.  Josh has traveled to and studied a variety of places: Alaska, New Zealand, Tahiti, Cook Isl., and Belize.Josh believes SW Wisconsin and the Driftless Area is the "best kept secret in the mid-west."  He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and football.





Festus, Silsby, and Chauncy
Indoor Wildlife Management

Festus, Silsby, and Chauncy have inherent wildlife management abilities with a specialization in small mammals.  They conduct vital round-the-clock vigilance (when not sleeping, eating, relaxing, or complaining) while also providing important seat-warming duties.  They also frequently walk back and forth on computer keyboards, contributing greatly to the DLS mission.  Their favorite part of working at DLS is "getting free food and doing basically nothing."