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.
Eric is the lead advocate for CFPA at the state legislature where he works primarily on forestry, recreation, education, and trail-related policy issues. Eric led CFPA’s efforts to secure recreational liability reform to encourage municipal entities to open their lands for recreation, as well as helped protect 14,000 acres of forests in the 10-Mill program by easing tax burdens on landowners. Most recently, Eric worked with CFPA and as Treasurer of the Protect CT Public Lands Coalition, Inc. to place Question #2 on the statewide ballot in Connecticut. This ballot question passed with ~85% support adding to Connecticut’s constitution a new Amendment that will protect State Parks, Forests, and Wildlife Management Areas from being given away by the Legislature without adequate public input.
Eric currently serves on the Boards of the Friends of CT State Parks, Connwood Foresters, Inc., and the Connecticut Land Conservation Council. He is also on the Steering Committee for the Friends of Auerfarm Scenic Reserve and the Working Lands Alliance.