David has been hiking and skiing in the Copeland Forest for over twenty years. When he retired from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, he and his wife Margaret moved up closer to the Forest. David has now taken up nature and landscape photography as his second career.David has had a lifelong commitment to conservation and has been the Chair of the Sierra Club of Ontario (earlier in his career), Chair of the first major North American Acid Rain Conference, and a board member and secretary of the Couchiching Conservancy. He is also a member of the Bruce Trail Association and the Ganaraska Trail Association. With the Couchiching Conservancy, David developed the Copeland Forest Stewardship Initiative and now serves as the President of the Copeland Forest Friends Association.