Derek has been a licensed hunter for over 30 years and has fished all his life. A professional land use planner, Derek and his family live in Craighurst and enjoy exploring Copeland Forest year-round. Habitat improvement and bringing together all Copeland Forest users on conservation projects and are what motivate Derek. In addition to the Copeland Forest Friends Association, he is an active member of the Barrie District Hunters & Anglers Conservation Club and the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. In the fall Derek can be found in Copeland Forest hunting grouse and woodcock with his Yellow Labrador Retriever “Whisky”, or archery hunting for deer.