Ed Marx serves as Northeast Wildlands Ambassador. He conducts outreach and develops collaborative partnerships in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire. Ed also contributes to public policy, landscape analysis and road ecology project development in support of the Eastern Wildway.
Ed joined Wildlands Network in 2019 after retiring from his position as Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability for Tompkins County, New York. Ed wanted to turn his attention to his passion for wildlands. During his 30-year career leading county planning agencies in NY State Ed advanced many conservation initiatives including development of innovative funding mechanisms for land protection and creating new parks on Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill Plateau. He collaborated with the Finger Lakes Land Trust on a New York State Open Space Plan project to connect 50,000 acres of public land in the southern Finger Lakes region and initiated a wildlife corridor study for an important link in that landscape. While serving as Director of Planning and Community Development for Oswego County Ed worked closely with The Nature Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other partners to conserve the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Wetland system, the Oswego River Canal Corridor and the Salmon River Greenway.
Ed earned his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Economics from Cornell University and his Master’s of Planning and Community Development from the University of Colorado at Denver. He lived for ten years in Colorado where he served as an economics and planning consultant on projects throughout the West and spent much of his free time backpacking the wilderness areas of Colorado and Montana.
Ed lives in Skaneateles, New York where he and his partner enjoy hiking and kayaking on the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and in the Adirondacks. They also spend time at her ancestral family home in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.