has owned and operated The Birches Resort in Rockwood since 1985. He founded Wilderness Rafting Expeditions in 1980 and operated it for 25 years. John holds a B.S. degree in forest management from the University of Maine and has been a licensed professional forester since 1977. He is a licensed commercial pilot, a Master Maine Guide and Whitewater Guide for all Maine rivers. He was a founding member of the Maine Huts and Trails board, founding member of the Moosehead Region Futures Committee, and served on the boards of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, and the Moosehead Region Chamber of Commerce. John has served on the Maine Governor’s Forestry Advisory Council and the advisory council for the Unorganized Territories.