Mike has more than 15 years of land conservation experience in the Mid-Atlantic region. In the late 1990s, Mike created the Bucks County (PA) Municipal Open Space Program and the Bucks County Natural Areas Program, two county-wide initiatives that successfully partnered with state and local governments and non-profit land trusts to identify and preserve productive farmland, critical natural habitats, and expand the amount of parkland in the county.
More recently, Mike directed the start-up of the Loudoun County (VA) Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program. The PDR Program protected through conservation easements over 2,400 acres of Loudoun’s nationally recognized historic and scenic landscape between 2001 and 2004, including nearly 1,000 acres of natural areas and historic sites in the county that are now open for to the public to see, visit, and experience.
At PEC, Mike serves as a Land Conservation Officer in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, where he works with landowners, conservation organizations, and public officials to protect–primarily through conservation easements–critical land and resources in the region. Mike also advises local jurisdictions around the Commonwealth on how to create successful land conservation programs in their community.
In addition to conservation work, Mike’s background also includes experience as an urban planner, fiscal and economic development consultant, as well as work at a nonprofit community loan fund.
Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Johns University, located in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Masters of Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.