Cormac Collier is the Executive Director of the Nantucket Land Council, a non-profit environmental advocacy land trust in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Cormac graduated from the University of Vermont with a concentration in Environmental Policy and Natural Resources. Before settling back in Massachusetts Cormac got his hands dirty with several organic farms in Vermont, Oregon, and Hawaii, and participated in endangered plant research with the Oregon based Institute for Applied Ecology.
Cormac has led the Nantucket Land Council for the past 10 years administering the research, education, open space, and advocacy programs. Since 1974, the Nantucket Land Council has combined environmental watchdog advocacy with staff driven research and educational initiatives to create beneficial environmental policies and regulatory oversight. The Nantucket Land Council also has 84 conservation easements on over 1400 acres of land. Nantucket is home to globally rare sandplain grasslands and coastal heathlands which support the most rare and endangered plant and animal species in Massachusetts. Nantucket also has the largest and most viable Bay Scallop fishery on the east coast.
The Land Council strives to protect these and other important natural resources by attending all applicable residential and commercial development regulatory hearings and taking legal action when necessary.
Cormac has served on several committees including the Nantucket Septic Management Plan Workgroup, the Nantucket Landscape Fertilizer Workgroup, and the Nantucket Prescribed Burn Program. In his spare time, Cormac spends most afternoons in his vegetable garden and the early evenings seeking out the elusive Striped Bass which he has had little luck with this year.
About Nantucket Land Council (Nantucket, MA): The Nantucket Land Council is a watch-dog environmental group which holds conservation restrictions, commissions scientific research, monitors development, engages in legal proceedings, and educates the public on local environmental issues.