As a young Boy Scout, David was taught “Leave your campsite in better shape than when you found it.” That ethic of leaving the world a better place is what motivates him and is the reason he finds land trust work so satisfying.
David majored in Biology at Earlham College (IN) before entering UW-Madison (WI) as a graduate student. There he earned a Master’s degree in Plant Ecology. Over the past 4 decades, he has worked in the Botany Department of the Milwaukee Museum, created and operated a native plant nursery, protected rare species on private lands through the WDNR and most recently taught Biology, Botany and Ecology at UW-Richland.
He has been inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Basho, Leopold and Muir with careers centered on biological sciences and conservation.
Botanical illustration and gardening have always been part of David’s life. He is grateful to have been active in the Driftless Area Land Conservancy since its inception.