Brent, a native Mainer, grew up in the western mountains near Sugarloaf. Growing up exploring this area led to his love of wild places. Following this passion, Brent earned his undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine.
Soon after graduation, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for five years conducting wildlife surveys of migratory birds across North America. This included banding waterfowl on marshes in the Northwest Territories and conducting surveys across the northern prairies.
His experience working on wildlife surveys led Brent to identify the need for a methodology to accurately estimate the populations of the American Woodcock. In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wife Service and the University of Maryland, Brent earned his Master’s degree in Ecosystems Health and Natural Resource Management while developing the first-ever population estimate of American Woodcock.
Brent is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys focusing his attention on conserving the wildness of his home state. He spends all of his free time in wild places: foraging for mushrooms or wetting a line – nature is a part of who he is. He also enjoys making maple syrup, raising backyard poultry and pigs and has a huge vegetable garden. Sometimes he even manages to ski or hike. Brent joined the Land Trust team in 2016.