The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to welcome our newest staff person- John Butler. John will be working with us through the end of the year as our Trails Project Manager- a brand new position with the Friends.
John Butler is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. During his time in Vermont he studied the ecological systems found in the Northeastern United States. This past year John worked in the agricultural field as an educator on a dairy farm and a field hand in the maple syrup industry. Before then John was an intern with the McCaig Nature Education Center outside of Philadelphia where he performed such duties as installing water bars to reduce erosion and rerouting a trail to be less steep and easier for park users to hike. Growing up in the Philadelphia area, he is excited to be back in an urban setting and for the opportunity to work here in the Bronx and to join the community at Van Cortlandt Park.
John is joining the Friends as the Trails Project Manager to assist in the implementation of the Trails Plan in Van Cortlandt Park. One of the main aspects of this position will be working closely with the Volunteer Trails Crew, other volunteers and the Summer Teen Trails Crew. Together these groups will complete projects in the park dealing with such issues as trail erosion and invasive species encroachment. If not out working on the trails, you can find John leading hikes in the Park during the Spring and Fall of this year. He looks forward to meeting and getting to know many of you out in the Park.
Special thank you to the Booth Ferris Foundation for providing funding for this position.