Dave, a 48-year resident of Waterford, found his way into the “green industry” in a round about way. After graduating from a technical high school, he began working in engineering support for industries which included defense and power plant construction. He completed a B.S. at Central Connecticut University and his M.S. at Rensselaer Poly Tech.
As he had always enjoyed working outdoors, he started a landscape maintenance company in the mid- ‘80s, which supported his family for fifteen years, while also finding time to volunteer for the UConn Extension Service. He obtained a Master Gardening Certification, which led him to then obtain D.E.E.P. licensing, in both Custom Ground Ornamentals and Arborist Supervisory.
In 2000 Dave was recruited by the City of New London to create a new Parks Division within the Dept. of Public Works. He then became Deputy Director and Superintendent of Public Works. His work also included being Acting Emergency Management Logistics Chief and Tree Warden for the City.
Dave recently retired after 23 years of public service. He is an avid supporter and volunteer with the group New London Trees, helping manage and plant the city’s “urban forest”.
I joined the Waterford Land Trust to help add a positive impact on the preservation of wooded spaces within the town, as well as to enjoy fellowship with like-minded folks.