Matt Gallagher is new to Falls Village but native to Connecticut. He has a background in carpentry and is a naval expeditionary forces veteran; Matt served overseas in the War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Matt moved back to Connecticut with his G.I. Bill and began pursuing an education in natural resources as his coping mechanism for PTSD. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven. He continued to attain his graduate degree in Forestry from The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment. Matt has worked in invasive management, as a seasonal forester for CT DEEP, in the logging industry, as Assistant Forest Manager for Yale Forests, and as a consulting forester. He has conducted research for the University of New Haven and Yale, utilizing low aerial imagery from UAV technology, observing changes in vegetation communities along coastal and freshwater wetlands as a vulnerability to climate change.
Matt joined Great Mountain Forest in November of 2021 as the program manager and Director of Programs and Operations as of June 2022. He develops and implements community engagement and educational outreach programs, coordinates research work with institutions and individuals, and manages the summer intern program. Matt also collaborates with forestry staff to coordinate forest operations, maple syrup production, and long-term carbon storage opportunities.
Matt is a Connecticut licensed forester and a member of the Society of American Foresters. He lives in Falls Village with his wife, Hope and three children, Logan, Connor, and Meadow. When Matt has free time, he enjoys woodworking, playing and watching baseball with his kids, and fishing.
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