Sam McCoy
Black Warrior River watershed

Sam McCoy is currently the Land Stewardship Director for Freshwater Land Trust (FLT) in Birmingham, Alabama, where he oversees FLT’s 10,000+ acres of conservation property, including conducting habitat restoration and management. 
Sam grew up in southeastern Ohio, and learned his love for nature through adventures at 4-H camp and hiking trips with his parents.  That love became a passion and career through summer field biology courses in Lake Erie.  He holds a B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University and a M.S. in Biology from Western Carolina University, and has ten years of professional experience working in conservation.  Prior to FLT he worked for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission assisting with the conservation of reptiles in the mountains, especially of bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii).  He has also worked for Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Laboratory where his primary responsibility was assisting with the conservation of the Lake Erie water snake (Nerodia sipedon insularum).