David grew up in Washington County and attended the University of Maine, receiving BS degrees in Forest Mgmt & Wildlife Ecology in 1996. Since, he has worked for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the JM Huber Corporation, and Environmental Consultants Inc. After a brief sabbatical in 2003 to be a stay-at- home Dad, he started providing consulting services as a sole proprietor as Back to Maine Forest Management. David devotes his full work schedule to accommodating the needs of his clients, and taking time off occasionally to take the boys fishing. David's Resume
Sarah, alum of Dartmouth College & Washington University School of Medicine, is busy attending to a full patient schedule at a local healthcare clinic. She is a family doc and delivers babies, too. While she is not in the clinic taking care of patients, she is taking care of her boys, including David. Sarah devotes some of her time to Shelterwood in the form of proofreading reports and offering investment analysis advice.
Shelterwood was integrated into their business name to reflect the parallels of forest management and parenting philosophy. The Shelterwood forest treatment is one which is typically utilized in the forests of Maine, one which allows overstory crop trees to grow and attain future value, while at the same time providing a sheltered, nurturing environment for seedlings and saplings, the next crop. It is a balancing act, as the Maine forest and environment is one that is so variable in soils, topography, and climate. It also requires patience, as it takes time for the "nurse" crop to become established and viable before the crop is realeased to grow on it's own. In essence, it is important to optimize one's growth and value today without sacrificing future yield. And to get it right requires attention to detail, some creativity, and admittedly, sometimes some luck.