Hannah grew up in central Wyoming exploring and hunting the region's abundant flora and fauna. She attended the School of Journalism at the University of Montana and continues to reside in Missoula, Mont. where she works for the Intermountain West Joint Venture, a bird habitat conservation agency.

Keeping a close eye on plant life across millions of acres of public lands allotments is an overwhelming challenge in and of itself. The challenge is amplified by drought, aridification,