Doug joined the Board in 2021 with the merger of the Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) and the Lone Pine Land Trust (LPLT). He became involved with the LPLT in 2006 as a volunteer, then joined the Board shortly afterwards. He is also currently the Steward for the NLT’s McColl reserve.
After graduating high school Doug began working as a field biologist. For 20 years he worked as a senior guide with North America’s top-ranked bird tour company, Field Guides Inc, required extensive international travel. His career also involved research studies in various parts of Canada, Finland and Cuba, Park Naturalist at Algonquin and Presqu’ile Prov. Park, biological inventories, guiding, consulting, and education. He is currently teaching a 2nd year Ornithology course at Fleming College, and a 1st year Wildlife Observation Skills course.
Doug has lived in Northumberland Country since 1984, and has a lakefront property near Brighton which he plans to donate to NLT once habitat restoration initiatives are complete. He has been published extensively in newspapers, scientific, and popular journals. He was a founding member of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and the Ontario Bird Records Committee and has served on the Board of OFO and several naturalists clubs.
“After nearly 50 years in the conservation field I truly believe that Land Trusts are the most cost-effective and certain way to protect important biological features forever. We are not influenced by competing pressures or the politics of the day but rather by the simple principal of protecting land and managing it for its biological health and diversity. We all know that our natural environment is under great stress right now and for me, NLT is where I go to find hope”