JUNE 2019

Michael moved to Southwest Florida seven years ago to be closer to family living in Naples. He was a registered and licensed Landscape Architect in Michigan. As the principal of Land Design Collaborative, Michael served municipal, commercial, institutional and residential clients throughout Michigan as well as New York City, Illinois and Oregon. In addition to his private practice, he was an Adjunct Professor for over ten years in the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

In his hometown of Mason, he served on the Tree Commission for five years and six years on the Mason Planning Commission, three as Chairman.

When not practicing or teaching, Michael enjoyed hiking and backpacking along with attending the symphony, foreign films and cooking and entertaining with friends. I also cheer on both the Spartans and the Wolverines having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from MSU and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from The University of Michigan.


Michael was a volunteer with the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy serving as a member of their “burn team” managing prairie remnants and other natural areas found in Southern Michigan. On moving to Florida, he completed the three core courses of the University of Florida/IFAS Master Naturalist Program qualifying me as a certified Florida Master Naturalist. He is also a member of the Florida Native Plant society, and continue to work on learning the botanical names of the native plants of South Florida.

Having grown up in relatively close proximity to the Great Lakes as well as many inland lakes, rivers and streams, Michael always had an appreciation and fondness for the natural environment. On moving to South Florida, he searched for an organization that espoused his appreciation, passion and love of the environment. The Conservancy fit that bill to a tee! He has been a volunteer since January of 2013 serving six years at Briggs Boardwalk.

He is currently the facilities leader of perhaps the oldest boardwalk in south Florida. Given its age, it certainly offers him and his crew guaranteed “job” security! Michael also occasionally served as a Dock Master, particularly when many “Snow Birds” have migrated northwards. He is currently assisting in rehabilitating and rejuvenating the Lagoon Trail at the Nature Center.

Volunteers are most welcome! He truly enjoys volunteering with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a place to meet kindred spirits who are also passionate about the environment. He looks forward to future adventures and responsibilities with an organization that plays such an important role in the life of South Florida, and beyond.

Oh, he also overcame his fear of snakes!!! A real milestone.

Thank you, Michael, for your role in protecting Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life…now and forever.

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