Mike joined HVA in March of 2013. His passion for natural history and conservation work comes from a lifetime spent outdoors hunting and fishing. Before coming to HVA, Mike was the Environmental Planner for Delaware County, NY. In his role with the Planning Department (and his concurrent volunteer service with the Delhi and Sidney, NY Fire/EMS Departments), he was part of Delaware County’s Response, Recovery, and Mitigation operations in the wake of four federally declared flood disasters that occurred over just three years. This experience allowed him to work closely with communities to understand and improve their relationship with their streams in a changing climate, which was excellent preparation for the work he does with HVA.
Mike leads HVA’s Watershed Conservation program. The Watershed Conservation team manages a wide variety of projects related to watershed and stream corridor management, water quality conservation, aquatic habitat restoration and recreation enhancement. In addition to his work with HVA, Mike also serves as the Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts, is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Chapter of the Native Fish Coalition and the Steering Committee for the Hartford Community Foundation’s Canton Greater Together Grant Program. He lives in Canton, CT with his son, River, and their dog, Tsuga.
Mike has a masters degree in Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is certified as a Floodplain Manager through the Association of State Floodplain Managers.