Mark was born and raised in Western New York, attended prep school in Maine, and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in forestry, wildlife & ecology.
Since the hills, farms and trout streams of southwest Wisconsin are very similar to Western New York, he hung around after college to see how it would work out. Forty years later, Mark still lives and works in the area as a forester and has worked with over 1,000 private landowners on basic forestry and natural community restoration. He became more passionate over time about native communities and rare species – the rarer something is the more it needs protection.
Mark was a founding board member of Driftless Area Land Conservancy. He liked the idea of helping landowners to permanently protect whatever was most important about their properties. It was an obvious match. Mark also served as Board President for 6 years, and continues to enjoy seeing DALC grow. He said, “This is one of the best things I’ve done in my career.”