Daniel hails from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he spent his childhood tromping about the local woods returning only at last light, pockets brimming with the day’s treasures. Searching for a respite to the long Midwestern winters, he arrived in California in 1996 and immediately felt at home.
Daniel held careers as a professional Cyclist, climbing instructor, kayak guide and naturalist before deciding to pursue studies in biology. He holds a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Botany. Following his studies he worked for The Nature Conservancy and The California Department of Fish & Games before coming to work for The Land Conservancy. His choice to work for the Land Conservancy was directed by his passion for San Luis Obispo’s diverse and amazing landscapes, and his desire to preserve and maintain these landscapes via direct action. In November 2012, he was promoted to serve as the Conservation Director for the organization.
When he’s not saving land, Daniel can be found riding waves, fly fishing, playing banjo, and hiking with his wife, son, and dog.