David oversees forest management and restoration at Nassawango Creek Preserve on Maryland's Eastern Shore. His ongoing projects include restoring more natural oak-pine forest on legacy pine plantations, savanna habitat on ancient dune sites and Atlantic white-cedar wetlands. He also participates in fire management and works with the state on management projects that cross property lines between Nassawango and the Chesapeake Forests.
“It’s great to have a land base that’s Conservancy owned. I like the flexibility that we have to experiment with different approaches to forest management without having to jump through a lot of bureaucratic hoops. We discuss plans and make sure we have solid science behind our proposals, but as a group we’re pretty nimble. You find out what actually works and are able to scale up, or back, within shorter time frames.”