Sam is responsible for TNC lands in Virginia—both fee owned and easements—as well as a robust fire program and ever expanding volunteer program. He serves as a primary leader for several large landscape restoration program initiatives, particularly where the chapter is engaging with federal and state agencies. In that capacity, Sam has practiced landscape level fire management, including large burn implementation, aviation and adaptive management through facilitating research, monitoring and collaborative learning across a broad spectrum of natural resource partners.
Sam began his TNC career in 1995 with the North Carolina program. He joined the Virginia chapter the following year, serving as land steward from 1996-2002. Sam then spent five years, from 2002-2007, with TNC's global fire initiative, leading fire training for partners and staff across the organization.
Sam has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology from Auburn University.