Sally O. Smyth

Executive Committee At Large
Vital Ground Trustee since October 2010
Sally O. Smyth

Sally has always been torn between working (as a copywriter, feature and business writer), traveling (as much as humanly possible) and doing the right thing: enabling wildlife to survive among us. Moving from Manhattan to Camden, Maine in 1985 provided hands-on experience with wildlife neighbors. After rehabilitating a series of raccoons—sometimes called ‘wash bears’—Sally and her husband, Tom DeMarco bought three acres of tidal waterfront land frequented by these raccoons and other wildlife for foraging and donated it to a local land trust for ongoing protection. Sally obtained her Masters in Environmental Policy from Tufts University in 1996. A random viewing of Doug Seus interacting with his bears on Animal Planet led her to Vital Ground. Vital Ground’s focus on ensuring safe passage for grizzlies, an umbrella species, fit Sally’s belief in wildlife corridors: “To travel from one foraging area to another, wildlife need the equivalent of our roads, but without cars…”