By Michael Zagata
Raised in upstate big apple, 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 assorted profession incorporated an assistant professorship on the college of Maine-Orono’s tuition of wooded area assets, box Director for The flora and fauna Society, Audubon’s Director of Federal family, software improvement officer for the nationwide learn Council (National Academy of Sciences)—where he shaped a committee to deal with renewable typical assets issues—and tenure with Tenneco, Inc., a Fortune 50 Company. whereas there, he graduated from the collage of Virginia’s Darden enterprise School’s “The govt Program.” Mike used to be promoted to Director of Environmental, future health & protection (EH&S) for Tenneco Oil E&P. From there, he turned vice chairman of EH&S for Transco strength Co. lower than his management, the corporations got the nationwide natural world 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 latest York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation. After leaving the DEC, he helped chanced on and served as president of the Conservation Alliance of recent York and lately retired as President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society—an foreign flora and fauna conservation association selling sound wooded area administration for the good thing about either hunted and non-hunted natural world. His awards/recognition contain 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 status” by way of the offshore strength for his paintings at Tenneco on wetlands mitigation banking and “Rigs to Reefs” (converting retired offshore power creation systems into functioning man made reefs); and into the manhattan nation Outdoorsman’s corridor of Fame.
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