Phil grew up on the edge of town in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where the woods, fields, and lakes were a short walk or bicycle ride away. Phil’s father, a veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, inspired his son’s love of the outdoors through his stories and family vacation trips to the woods and Great Lakes of northern Michigan. Trips to relatives’ cottages, cabins, and farms were also part of his early years.
Phil regularly tramped the woodlands in and around Michigan State University, earning a BS with high honors in zoology in 1973. After graduation, he began his career in the outdoors and conservation, continuing in the 5th decade of that work. He spent 30 of those years with the National Park Service in the protection and preservation of the parks.
Phil manages the Park Trust lands program, collaborating with the NPS, partner land trusts, and the Park Trust’s pro bono attorneys to acquire critical parcels of land adjacent to or inside parks and ensure their transfer to the National Park Service.
“We specialize in solving problems preventing or removing obstacles to successful land transfers. We are also able to act quickly to assist and complete transactions when a land purchase must be done quickly but correctly.”