By Michael Zagata
Raised in upstate long island, Mike earned a BS and MS in secondary technology at SUNY-Oneonta and Cornell after which a Ph.D. in natural world ecology at Iowa country University. His different profession integrated an assistant professorship on the collage of Maine-Orono’s university of woodland assets, box Director for The flora and fauna Society, Audubon’s Director of Federal kin, application improvement officer for the nationwide examine Council (National Academy of Sciences)—where he shaped a committee to handle renewable ordinary assets issues—and tenure with Tenneco, Inc., a Fortune 50 Company. whereas there, he graduated from the college of Virginia’s Darden company School’s “The government Program.” Mike used to be promoted to Director of Environmental, wellbeing and fitness & defense (EH&S) for Tenneco Oil E&P. From there, he turned vice president of EH&S for Transco power Co. less than his management, the corporations bought the nationwide flora and fauna Federation’s “Conservation fulfillment Award,” geese Unlimited’s “Silver Teal Award,” and The Conservation Fund’s “Calder Award.” He then served in Governor Pataki’s cupboard as Commissioner (CEO) of recent York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation. After leaving the DEC, he helped chanced on and served as president of the Conservation Alliance of latest York and lately retired as President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society—an overseas flora and fauna conservation association selling sound woodland administration for the advantage of either hunted and non-hunted natural world. His awards/recognition comprise a letter from President Carter thanking him for his assist in passing the Fish & natural world Conservation Act of 1980 (later often called CARA); induction into the “Hall of reputation” through the offshore power for his paintings at Tenneco on wetlands mitigation banking and “Rigs to Reefs” (converting retired offshore strength creation systems into functioning synthetic reefs); and into the long island nation Outdoorsman’s corridor of Fame.
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