After interning with Vital Ground during graduate school, Matt’s work as staff conservation writer brings new storytelling strategies to the foundation’s communications and development efforts. Matt grew up exploring the woods and lakes of New England and Upstate New York and holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College (Minn.) and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He has spent much of his twenties in the West, including many seasons as a backcountry ranger and outdoor educator at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Matt’s nonfiction writing has appeared recently in High Country News and Whitefish Review, and he edited the environmental literary magazine Camas while in grad school at UM. He lives in Missoula, where he enjoys skiing, running, and cheering on the Boston Red Sox.