Eric has been Executive Director of CFPA since May, 2008 after serving for over five years as the Executive Director for the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury. Eric holds an M.S. in Environmental Science/Range Management from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Under Eric’s tenure, CFPA worked to have the New England Trail designated as the most recent national scenic trail in the U.S. and the first in the northeast since the Appalachian Trail over 20 years ago. Through his work at the Farmington River Watershed Association, Eric spearheaded the ongoing effort to designate the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as Wild & Scenic Rivers. In his 22-year conservation career, Eric has also worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation on both coasts, the Center for Ecological Technology in Northampton, and for the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte who represented Western Massachusetts. In addition to serving on the Board of the FCSP, Eric currently serves on the Board for Rivers Alliance of Connecticut and Connwood, as well as on the Steering Committee for the Working Lands Alliance and the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.