Shire Environmental was founded in August 2014 in Kentucky. My mission is to provide expert assistance to organizations, landowners, and agencies doing great work.
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Qualifications of Ben Miles, principal of Shire Environmental:
Principal & Consultant, Shire Environmental, (Danville, Kentucky) August 2014 - present
Projects have included Project Management, Baseline Documentation Reports, Strategic Planning, Property Management Plans, Conservation Planning, Trail Assessments, mapping, grant proposal writing, property monitoring and stewardship, farm succession planning, program development, fundraising, event planning, organizational assessments, website development, Accreditation application
Clients have included River Fields, Louisville Metro Parks, American Farmland Trust, Bluegrass Conservancy, Boyle Landmark Trust, Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, private landowners & others.
Master of Science: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga; May 2007; Concentration: Law, Policy, and Management
Bachelor of Arts: University of the South (Sewanee); May 2001; Major: Philosophy
Previous Professional Experience:
Executive Director, Shasta Land Trust (Redding, California), 2008-2014
Managed all land transactions, led all fundraising efforts, managed staff, volunteers, and Board relations
Land Projects Manager, Shasta Land Trust (Redding, California) 2007-2008
Seasonal Interpretive Ranger/Crew Leader, Cumberland Trail State Park (Caryville, Tennessee) 2005-2007
Water Quality Monitor, North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy; (Hamilton County, Tennessee) 2006-2007
Crew Supervisor, Coconino Rural Environment Corps (Flagstaff, Arizona) 2004; also 2001-2002
Teacher, Wahsega 4-H Environmental Education Center (Dahlonega, Georgia) 2004
Organic Farm intern, Old Mill Farm (Mendocino, California) 2003
Recent Service & Leadership:
Treasurer, Founding Board Member, Board of Directors, Great Shasta Rail Trail Association (2013-present)
Commissioner, Perryville Battlefield Commission (appointed by the Governor, 2018)
Executive Committee, Kentucky Land Trusts Coalition (2017-present)
Board Member, Forests For Monarchs (2017-present)
Member, Danville Boyle County Trails Alliance (2015-present)
Steering Committee Member, Smart Growth Boyle (2016-present)
President, Board of Directors, Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council (2012-2014, member 2008-2015)
Member, Shasta College GIS Program Advisory Council (2007-2014)
Member & Content Author, North Region Geocouncil, National Geographic Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project (2011-2012)
Raising organic vegetables and pastured poultry with sales at Danville Farmers Market