Chris May, Secretary, The Nature Conservancy
Chris May is Director of Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan. He directs state-wide natural resource management and restoration efforts, and works with partners and private landowners to develop conservation plans. Chris has been involved in research and management of natural resources for over 25 years. His past work experience includes restoration of aquatic, wetland, and upland habitats; invasive species management; prescribed fire and wildland firefighting; and use of GIS for natural resource management.
Amy Berry, Member, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Amy Berry is the Wetland Protection Program Policy Coordinator with the Water Resources Division in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, with about 20years of experience with wetland issues. She serves as a technical and regulatory resource for MDEQ staff and the public, providing guidance and policy development for the best protection and management of the state’s wetland resources, including stakeholder engagement and administration of the newly formed Agricultural Assistance Program.
Peg Bostwick, Member, Association of State Wetland Managers
Peg Bostwick is the Senior Staff Policy Analyst with the Association of State Wetland Managers. Previously, she worked with wetlands and other aquatic resources for over 30 years with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, incudling as the Chief of the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit, as a limnologist in the Inland Lake Management Program, and as the coordinator for Michigan’s state-assumed federal Section 404 wetland/dredge and fill permit program.
Kurt M. Brauer, Member
Kurt Brauer is a partner at Warner, Norcross, and Judd, LLP and currently serves as Co-chair of the Firm’s Economic Incentives Group. Mr. Brauer assists clients in all manner of economic development, environmental compliance and regulatory matters. He specializes in assisting clients in acquiring, managing and redeveloping brownfield properties, including negotiating redevelopment incentive packages with local and state government units and resolving complex real estate matters.
Matt Carmer, Member, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
Mr. Carmer is a Senior Scientist with Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has more than 17 years of experience in natural resources consulting specializing in wetland delineation and mitigation design, threatened and endangered species surveys, and forest/wildlife resource assessments. Prior to joining ECT, he served as a consulting biologist for several prominent ecological firms in southern Michigan. He also served as a wetland specialist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he was responsible for regulatory inspections and jurisdictional wetland and stream determinations throughout the state of Michigan.
Ryan Wheeler, Member, Department of Natural Resources
Ryan Wheeler is the Terrestrial Invasive Species Biologist in DNR Forest Resources Division and Wildlife Division (shared position). He completed his Masters Degree at CMU in 2014 in Don Uzarski’s lab working on coastal wetland monitoring – both the GLRI monitoring project and as a project lead on our Intensification Project comparing intensive monitoring results to MIRAM results on coastal wetlands. Ryan was the lead author on the findings report analyzing the MIRAM/Intensive monitoring results correlation. In his current position with DNR FRD/WLD Ryan works on identification, prevention, and management of terrestrial invasive species, many of which are common in wetlands such as Buckthorns, Japanese Knotweed, Bittersweet, Phragmites, Reed Canary Grass, etc., as well as many other terrestrial species. He is also the chair of a multi-agency committee working on Decontamination procedures/recommendations for preventing the spread of invasive species.