Matt works for The Nature Conservancy as the Sagebrush Sea Program Director, leading a team of colleagues and partners focused on improving sagebrush ecosystem restoration, management, and protection across the West. Matt works extensively with federal land management agencies, state governments, livestock and industry representatives, and other non-profit organizations to develop strategies, secure funding, and implement projects in a six-state area. In the before times, Matt travelled extensively, but for now spends most of his time at home in Bend, Oregon. Matt is a botanist and ecologist by training. He spends most of his free time looking for birds, rare plants, unusual geology, or just tending the garden.
With both a personal and professional connection to Harney County and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Matt would enjoy helping the Friends of Malheur identify and plan resource improvements and threat abatement that increase bird habitat and benefit how people visit and use the Refuge. Matt understands the social, economic, and ecological challenges facing southeast Oregon, and would be excited to help the Refuge better achieve its goals.