Our mission is to foster science education, landscape restoration, habitat conservation, and innovative agriculture to promote sustainable communities and environmental stewardship.
Our Board of Directors:
- Karen Mason, Chairman
- Sarah Myers, Secretary
- Peggy Chapman, Treasurer
Franklin “Randal” Manley, Wetland Restoration Specialist
Randal joined our team in October of 2017, and leads our technical assistance program in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. In Mississippi, Randal provides critical landowner outreach to discuss and implement NRCS easement programs and restoration practices. Working cooperatively with NRCS, Randal is instrumental in ensuring the timely preparation, submittal, and acceptance of Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) applications. In Louisiana, Randal will provide project planning, construction oversight, inspection, and quality assurance for the implementation of restoration projects through WRE. Randal comes to us from Arkansas where he worked as the Northwest Arkansas WRE Coordinator. He is very knowledgeable in all things WRE with an in-depth understanding of the program requirements and conservation planning, and a welcome addition to our staff.
Sara Schlesinger, Restoration Technician
Sara joined our staff in April of 2016 as a Restoration Technician. She assisted with several streambank stabilization and habitat restoration projects across Pennsylvania under Christine at the US Fish and Wildlife Service during her final year of college. Before joining the Trust Sara gained experience as an Aquatic Technician, Quality Control Analyst, and later became an Environmental Specialist at the Florida Department of Health. Sara’s duties for the Trust include GIS analysis, surveying, preparing permit applications, and assisting with the implementation of restoration projects.
Paul Harris, Southeast Programs Manager
Paul began his work as our Southeast Programs Manager in November 2016. Stationed in our Georgia Field Office, Paul is instrumental in overseeing and delivering our restoration efforts throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. Paul comes to the Trust with 13 years of experience as a Soil Conservation Technician with USDA-NRCS. While working for NRCS, Paul was responsible for the enrollment of 3,200 acres into the Wetland Reserve Program. Paul’s expertise with wetland restoration and habitat management techniques, USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs, and landowner education is key to the timely implementation of restoration projects throughout the South. Paul provides Wetland Restoration Plan of Operations development, engineering survey and design assistance, GIS expertise, contractor procurement, construction management and quality assurance, and targeted landowner outreach.
William Wescott, Permit Coordinator
William’s vast experience regarding the successful permitting of restoration projects makes him invaluable to the Trust throughout our focus areas. He has an impeccable track record of addressing all agency concerns and streamlining the permitting process to allow for the efficient implementation of quality habitat restoration projects. He has been a certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist in 2003. William worked for NC Wildlife Resources Commission for 8½ years where he served as the Coastal Habitat Coordinator, evaluating and commenting on State and Federal wetland permit applications. He served as on several Mitigation Banking Review Teams since the late 1990s. William moved on to the US Army Corps of Engineers where he worked for 12½ years as a Regulatory Specialist and Project Manager. His duties there included the evaluation of wetland mitigation sites, the review and approval of mitigation plans and success criteria, the review of annual monitoring reports, and the approval credit releases and final closeouts. William serves as the Trust’s go-to expert for all things permitting wherever we put restoration on the ground.
Christine Woodard, Director of Restoration Programs
Christine joined our staff in January 2014 as Director of Restoration Programs. Christine is an experienced stream restoration specialist, and her primary duties involve the identification, survey, design, permitting and construction management of stream, wetland and riparian buffer projects throughout the Trust’s focus areas. Prior to joining the Trust, she worked as a hydrologic technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under their Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which conducts stream and wetland restoration projects across the state of Pennsylvania. Her contributions to these projects included surveys, stream characterization, permitting, and monitoring. Additionally, Christine serves as a primary resource for GIS analysis and landowner outreach for all of the Trust’s projects throughout the region.
Edmund R. Temple, Jr., Director of Field Operations
Ed has over 22 years of professional experience working with private and public landowners designing and implementing conservation projects. Ed lends the Trust his extensive expertise with conservation planning and habitat restoration design, as well as with the management of field operations. He has spent the last ten years as President of Woods, Water and Wildlife, Inc., a natural resource management firm, and Managing Member of Albemarle Restorations, LLC, a firm that specializes in wetland and stream mitigation. During this time, Ed helped secure over $11 million in public and private mitigation contracts that has led to the restoration of over 1,800 acres of wetlands and 15,000 feet of streams in North Carolina. Prior to working in private industry, Ed worked for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), specializing in the conservation, restoration and protection of wetlands and their associated buffers. While with DU, Ed developed the Chesapeake Bay Initiative and founded the Mid-Atlantic Field Office in Stevensville, MD. As the Conservation Program Manager, Ed was responsible for developing conservation programs, coordinating efforts with state, federal and other NGOs, implementing conservation projects, and pursuing land protection strategies in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. He helped develop new partnerships that led to successful conservation programs, including the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Programs (CREP) in MD, VA and PA. During his six year tenure, over 16,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats, and over 1,200 miles of riparian habitat were restored through DU’s conservation efforts within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Prior to joining DU, Ed worked as a Private Lands Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Virginia Field Office in White Marsh, VA. His responsibilities included providing technical assistance to landowners, coordinating restoration activities with conservation partners, and designing and constructing wetland, riparian, and grassland restoration projects under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Additionally, he provided technical assistance to the USDA for projects under the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and on-site wetland determinations under the 1990 Food Security Act (Farm Bill).
April Temple, Executive Director
April is the Executive Director and founder of The Trust for Tomorrow, where her responsibilities include program development and management, partnership building, landowner education and outreach, restoration project identification, fund raising, contracting, and grant/cooperative agreement administration. April also personally oversees all of the Trust’s Southern U.S. operations. She has extensive experience performing potential restoration project identification, developing topographic surveys and project designs, and providing construction and habitat management services for the restoration of wetlands and associated uplands. She is well-versed in helping farmers and landowners cost-share restoration projects through the use of USDA programs, such as the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), as well as federal, state, local, and private grant allocations. April was previously employed as the Virginia Program Biologist for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), where she worked with public and private landowners to restore wetlands and streams, improve water quality through best management practices, and protect critical habitats through conservation easements