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Recreation and Conservation

From a young age, Mike spent much time in the outdoors hunting, camping, and fishing with his father and brothers. This laid the foundation for a lifetime of outdoor recreation – a former hunter safety instructor, professional turkey hunter, game-call manufacturing owner, and the President of Garrett Trails, Mike has spent decades sharing his passion and knowledge of the outdoors and recreation and has facilitated many projects come to fruition.

In his early days of Hagerstown Junior College, Mike helped to organize the areas first Earth Day activities and his passion for conservation has extended over the last several decades. Culminating in the building and organization of Savage River Lodge, with the many sustainable practices in place. His conservation efforts extend beyond solar panels and recycling; Mike long-preached ethical hunting and becoming a steward of our natural resources.

Hunting and conservation are only two of Mike’s passions. As one of the founding members of the Mason Dixon Canoe Club in Hagerstown, he has spent many hours and thousands of miles enjoying paddling the rivers all over the US. Each year on his birthday, Mike rides his age on the Great Allegany Passage (GAP) to celebrate and has done numerous bicycling races around the country.

Today the Savage River Lodge has become a model of sustainability. The Lodges has shared many of its green practice with the local business community and outdoor groups in the United States and Canada. The Lodge had the first commercial solar energy system in Garrett County, which produces about 90% of the electric used in the main Lodge building. The Lodge constructed the first electric car charging station, which is also entirely solar powered.  The Lodge has been both the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year, and the Maryland Department of Tourism’s Green/Sustainable Business of the Year. Mike remains an advocate for renewable energy wind solar and hydro electricity.