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Amos S. Eno

Amos S. Eno
President and Founder

Amos S. Eno, president and founder of Resources First Foundation, has been changing the environmental policy and philosophical landscape for 40 years. He has challenged government, the corporate world and environmental leaders to think differently about environmental policy, conservation vs preservation, development and land use.

Simultaneous with founding RFF in 2000, Amos was executive director of the New England Forestry Foundation where he engineered the two largest privately held land conservation easements in the United States totalling 1.1 million acres, the Pingree Project and the Downeast Project. For 10 years, he was executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; he re-organized NFWF into a regionally managed organization to improve services. He has been director of wildlife programs at the National Audubon Society and editor of the Audubon Wildlife Reports. He served as special assistant in the Office of Endangered Species at the Department of the Interior. He served as assistant to Nathaniel P. Reed, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 1974-1976, working on Alaska lands, endangered species and national wildlife refuges. Cleo Layton was his mentor.

Founder of the Resources First Group, a consulting company, Amos’ past clients included Secretary of the Department of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Resources Legacy Fund, Nature Conservancy, New England Forestry Foundation and the Louisiana Secretary of Natural Resources.

Early Beginnings

Amos’ interest in the natural world began early on Mount Desert Island, Maine and at his home in New Jersey. As a child, he fished and sailed the waters of Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays, hiked the Acadia National Park, and collected objects from nature on his rambles. An inveterate birdwatcher, he can still identify most perching birds even if traveling at 85 mph.

After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in history, Amos worked at Chitwan Park in Nepal where he did bird and tiger surveys and wrote the first proposal for Lang Tang Valley in the Himalayas which is now a national park. He also worked in East Africa and in both countries he worked to integrate the needs of local people like the Maasai into conservation planning and execution. After the Department of the Interior, he went back to school at Cornell and received an M.A. in natural resources. His career spans 40 years as a conservationist and leading edge thinker in the environmental movement.

Since founding Resources First Foundation in 2000 Amos has built an extensive suite of online resources to encourage and help private landowners participate in good land stewardship by establishing conservation initiatives on their lands.

Willard Dyche

Willard Dyche
Project Developer

As a soil scientist and skilled web application developer creating user-friendly applications, Willard is constantly working on RFF’s web-based projects incorporating the latest technology to deliver reliable, actionable conservation information. USDA recognized his skills in 2006 by giving him the Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award for Excellence.

Denise Shames

Denise Shames
Office Manager

Dependable, resourceful, self-directed hard worker with a wide range of administrative and project management experience. Extensive experience in both corporate and non-profit office settings working with senior level management. Confident interacting with both staff and external clients. Expert at multi-tasking and setting own work priorities to meet deadlines.
Amos Eno

Amos P. Eno
Communications & Media

After studying Political Science at Colorado College, Amos moved back to Maine to work for Angus King’s Senate Campaign in the summer of 2012, then moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an intern for Senator Susan Collins. In 2013, he moved back to Maine and began working for RFF to further his passion for conservation and the outdoors. He has also done volunteer trail maintenance on the Bliss Woods trails, which the New England Forestry Foundation holds an easement on, and as a Casco Baykeeper for Friends of Casco Bay.
Melissa A. O'Neal

Melissa A. O'Neal
Director of Development & Outreach

Melissa comes to RFF with over 25 years’ experience in the private sector, including work in public affairs, politics, grassroots and grasstops development, legislative initiatives and fundraising. She has spent the last 12 years at the Portland-based law firm of Preti Flaherty, as Special Projects Coordinator for the Energy and Telecommunications Department. She attended the University of Southern Maine Paralegal Studies Degree Program, and also holds a Certificate in Project Management from the University of New Hampshire. She serves as Vice Chair of the RSU #38 Board of Directors in the Maranacook School District.

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