Recreation & Community Relations Manager
Matt is responsible for assuring that the public use of the Forest Society’s reservations is consistent with our mission, goals and priorities. Prior to working in his current role, Matt worked with the Forest Society for a year as one of our Conservation Easement Stewards serving 137 properties covering a combined 32,000 acres across Coos, Carroll, and Grafton counties. Prior to his work in New Hampshire, he was the Land Steward for Downeast Coastal Conservancy—a Maine-based regional land trust which protects unique lands and islands along the easternmost corner of the country.
He has a M.S. degree in Forest Resources along with a B.S. degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Maine in Orono. As a graduate student, Matt conducted research examining visitors’ perceived impacts of climate change at Acadia National Park and co-authored several scientific publications. Additionally, he also collaborated with statewide recreation planners in Maine in support of developing the 2014-2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Matt has worked for The Nature Conservancy as their Northern Maine Lands Steward performing stewardship duties across their 46,271 acre Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. He also previously worked with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands as a Public Lands Ranger where he monitored and improved recreational opportunities across 48,947 acres of Public Reserved Lands in Eastern Maine. He is continually inspired by the vast network of Forest Society-owned lands and the diverse array of recreational opportunities they offer.