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Position: New England Regional Director

Hawk serves as the New England Regional Director and oversees the management and protection of the Appalachian Trail in New England.  

Hawk has been with the ATC as a staff member since 2010, and before that, he served several consecutive terms on the ATC’s Board of Directors and chaired the Stewardship Council. Prior to his current position, Hawk worked on the A.T. as the backcountry management specialist with the Appalachian Mountain Club on the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. He also worked with AMC as a field coordinator, backcountry caretaker, trail crew member, and worked five memorable winters as the caretaker at Carter Notch Hut. 

Hawk thru-hiked the A.T. in 1993 (Hawk-Who-Walks GA—>ME) and has hiked many other sections of the A.T. since. He has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir Trail twice, and has section hiked the Long Trail in Vermont.

Hawk has a B.S. in Environmental Science/Natural Resource Management from the University of Massachusetts and has more than 25 years experience in wilderness, backcountry, and long-distance hiking trail management and Leave No Trace education. 

He lives on an 11-acre solar powered & wood heated homestead in Vermont just a couple of miles from the A.T. with his thru-hiker wife Zaz, their daughter Lyla, and black lab Lily.




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