Gary was born in Southwest Colorado where camping and climbing into the Animas River Canyon made a lifelong impression of the power and vitality of rivers. Spending summers working on family farms that rely primarily on water to sustain a living instilled the value of water in all aspects. His father, uncles and older brother were all in the water professions from civil engineering to groundwater development which left no doubt about a career in water in some aspect. Early work as a hydrologist with the Forest Service and working with legends in the field directed his focus on stream and river restoration. This background has led to over 36 years of experience restoring streams and valleys of all sizes that were altered from most types of impacts.
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Gary skied for the Colorado State University team, specializing in downhill. Other lifetime interests include hunting and fishing of many types, crosscountry and downhill skiing and tennis.
Gary met his late wife Wendy at CSU and together they have a son and daughter, both of which are in the National Guard. His daughter recently gave birth to a grandson.