I’ve spent a lot of time hiking, biking, skiing, camping, and enjoying all facets of the outdoors. I want to do all I can to protect it.
Bob was born outside Boston but moved to Gorham, Maine in his early youth, remaining there until he was 21. He wanted a change of scenery and got a big one when he then moved to San Diego. Bob ultimately graduated from the University of Utah, where he enjoyed the skiing, the hiking trails, and the national parks. This experience has informed his life ever since. He returned to Maine and worked as a journalist for a number of years, and then went on to earn his Masters in Public Policy and Management. He has worked as a City Planner at various towns in Maine ever since. His wife Jane, who Bob calls "the real planner in the family," will join him on the cruise.
Bob has been volunteering in some capacity supporting environmental issues in Maine ever since he returned to the state. In the early 1980's he worked with the Gorham Land Trust whose primary missions were to control development and preserve open spaces. Says Bob: "The outdoors have always been very important to me, so this was a natural calling." Today, Bob is on the Board of Directors of Gorham Trails, a volunteer group that develops and maintains a network of hiking and cycling trails throughout the community.
As Town Planner for the city of Saco, Maine, Bob serves as honorary trustee of the Saco Bay Trails, which developed trails in and around Saco. He is currently President of the Eastern Trail Alliance, a volunteer group helping to create the Eastern Trail, which is a bike and pedestrian trail that follows the 19th century Eastern Rail Line from Boston to Portland. This work has more than environmental benefits; it also helps the economy of Maine. Visitors come from all parts to see this section of the East Coast Greenway and view the abundant wildlife they encounter along the trail. Says Bob: "It all comes together for me and the other volunteers when we see all the people enjoying and respecting the great beauty of Maine."