Hello! My name Ryan and I am the Stewardship Project Coordinator for New Jersey Audubon. I work with a dedicated team focused on conservation efforts aimed at enhancing the diversity and health of forests on both private and public land. I work with landowners to create comprehensive Forest Stewardship Plans to help guide management activities to enhance habitat for wildlife, increase forest health and resiliency, and ensure future sustainability of the forest. I am involved with the direct implementation of conservation activities including managing invasive plant species, conducting forest stand improvements, prescribed burning, and afforestation efforts. I have also been lucky enough to be involved with specialized projects such as habitat creation for the federally endangered golden-winged warbler and research of the feasability of the reintroduction of Northern Bobwhite Quail to New Jersey through translocation.
Prior to joining the team at New Jersey Audubon, I gained close to 10 years of experience managing a non-profit nature preserve. During my time as a Land Manager, I learned the importance of managing land to benefit native flora and fauna. In addition to spending time working on the ground, I developed skills managing a volunteer base, educating the public on conservation issues, and collaborating with other non-profits, government agencies, and acedemics to advance regional goals.
In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, biking, bird watching, and fishing. I spend much of my time with my wife and our new baby daughter Ileana who joined our family on November 1st, 2019. We enjoy traveling to new desintations to explore the natural world, enjoying good food and drinks, and finding unique and interesting locations off the beaten path. I also enjoy cooking, playing guitar, reading (although I don't nearly read enough), and hosting game night for friends.