Patrick joined TLC as the Land Stewardship Manager (East) in July 2021. His passion for forestry and land management grew from his time spent in the woods around his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. After graduating from UNC, he spent 3 years in the Peruvian Andes serving with the US Peace Corps, working with indigenous communities. He then received his M.S. in forestry from Penn State, studying agroforestry and sustainable forest resource management. He has worked in a variety of stewardship capacities from prairie management in Ohio to arboriculture in Virginia. Before joining the TLC team, he was a forest ranger and wildland firefighter with the North Carolina Forest Service.