Michael Dean Smith
Michael has lived on the Colorado Plateau since 1976 and in Moab since
1989. His love for the Plateau was ingrained while working at Phantom
Ranch in the bottom of the Grand Canyon in the mid-70's. He later earned
degrees in Outdoor Education and Recreation Management from Colorado Mountain
College and in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from Prescott
College, Arizona. He worked as a National Park Service Ranger in visitor
and resource protection and interpretation at Arches, Canyonlands, Natural
Bridges, and Dinosaur National Parks and Monuments, and has guided
for numerous outfitters including OARS at the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands
Field Institute in Moab, UT. Michael was Manager of Sand Flats Recreation
Area, Moab, home of the famous Slickrock Bike Trail from 1998 to 2004.
He is also a licensed landscaping contractor and Master Gardner.
A native of Zimbabwe, our Director and Board Secretary, Tamsin has lived
in the Four Corners states of the US since 1977. She holds Bachelor's,
Master's and PhD degrees in Geology, and has been teaching college courses
in geology on the Colorado Plateau since 1993. She has served as a naturalist
guide on river and land-based trips since 1994 and joined Plateau Restoration
as a Board Member in 1996. Tamsin is currently Adjunct Faculty at Utah
State University in the Department of Environment and Society and Department
of Forest, Range and Wildlife Sciences.