Conservation Director

“I love working to protect the most beautiful and productive places in the Gallatin Valley. ”

Brendan joined GVLT in 2013 and currently oversees GVLT’s land protection and community trails programs as Program Director. Brendan spends most of his time working with landowners from across the region to design and complete conservation easement projects on their land. Brendan also works with local partners to help fulfill GVLT’s trails mission. Prior to joining GVLT, Brendan worked as a consulting forester and ecologist, assisting public and private landowners to complete natural resource inventories and develop management plans for their land. Brendan taught a university level forest stewardship course at the University of Vermont and ran a community forestry program at the University’s research forest. Brendan has been a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service and was a professional ski patroller in California and New Zealand. In addition to conservation easements, Brendan’s project management experience includes initiatives to utilize local, certified lumber in community building projects and to engage community volunteers in backcountry wildlife camera surveys. Brendan studied economics and English as an undergraduate and completed a Master’s degree in Natural Resources with a focus on Ecological Planning. When not at work, Brendan enjoys spending time with his family on the trails, ski hills and rivers in and around the Gallatin Valley.