As the director of the Virginia Pinelands Program, Brian’s work with The Nature Conservancy touches approximately 30,000 acres. In his nearly twenty years with The Conservancy, Brian has come to specialize in longleaf pine ecosystems, fire ecology and management, native plant conservation, wetland restoration, and land protection.
Brian on Why His Work is Rewarding
“The Conservancy operates on a large scale and not only a spatially large scale but also a large time scale. We think about the future and how to make our conservation work relevant. We look for lasting results. It’s not only about dreaming big but also about making sure those dreams are relevant now and into the future.”
- Using science-based methods to restore natural fire regimes at Piney Grove Preserve to return longleaf pine to its historic range and restore habitat for red-cockaded woodpeckers.
- Partnering with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore hydrology in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to reduce the intensity of naturally occurring fires and improve air quality.
- Protecting and managing watershed land for improved drinking water.
Recent News Coverage
- Great Dismal Swamp Welcomes First Baby Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers in Decades (The Virginian-Pilot), July 1, 2017
- Enviva Forest Conservation Fund Awards 2017 Grants (Biomass Magazine), June 07, 2017
- Reversing Centuries of Logging Damage at the Great Dismal Swamp (WVTF), May 25, 2017
- Great Dismal Swamp Gets $3m Water-Control System (The Daily Press), May 12, 2017
- Refuge Conditions Improving (Suffolk News-Herald), May 11, 2017
- Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Highlights Water Management Project (Press Release), May 11, 2017
- Field Notes: Long Live the Longleaf (The Virginian-Pilot), January 29, 2017
- Endangered Birds Trucked To Great Dismal Swamp In Hopes Of Matchmaking (US Fish and Wildlife Service), November 21, 2016
- Spring Weather Dampens Woodpecker Season (Center for Conservation Biology), September 29, 2016
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (Natural Heritage Program)
- Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
- Virginia Department of Forestry
- Center for Conservation Bio
- M.S. in Botany from University of Georgia
- B.S. in Plant Science from Penn State University