What is your role at TLC? I work with Walt and Kyle to assist them with the management of TLC’s owned properties. I also work with Laura to ensure that all eased properties are monitored annually and any landowner questions are answered promptly. In addition, over the past year, a major focus has been preparing Brumley to open as TLC’s sixth nature preserve.
Favorite TLC Preserve: Horton Grove Nature Preserve. It has several distinct habitats, including one of the best and largest examples on TLC property of an oakhickory forest, which contains some rare plants and few invasive species.
Matt joined TLC as a Conservation Fellow in May 2013 and accepted a permanent position as TLC’s new Easement Steward in January 2014. Matt took on the position of Associate Manager of Stewardship in December 2014.
Matt grew up in Greenville, SC and developed a love of the outdoors at an early age as his family spent time exploring the mountains of North and South Carolina. After obtaining a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary, Matt returned home to Greenville, where he took classes in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University. During this time, he also served as an intern at the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities where he gained expertise in forest management and forest policy. Matt then moved to the Triangle area as he pursued a Master’s at the School of the Environment at Duke. He received a Master’s of Environmental Management, with a concentration in Energy and the Environment, and a Master’s of Forestry Management from Duke in December 2011. Matt brings additional internship experience from Environmental Defense Fund and the Southern Environmental Law Center, as well as experience in research settings as a technician in ecology and plant physiology labs at Duke.