Michael Wurzel

Executive Director
Michael Wurzel

Michael Wurzel joined the Friends of Moccasin Bend in October of 2014, bringing a variety of experience in non-profit management, land conservation and civic involvement to our mission. As Land Steward for the Lula Lake Land Trust on Lookout Mountain, he oversaw trail building projects, led volunteers and managed property. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director for the Southeastern Climbers Coalition Land Trust, overseeing conservation, strategic partnerships, fundraising, grant writing, membership development and communications. Wurzel also coordinated environmental education, volunteer tree planting and Citizen Forester workshops for Chattanooga’s Department of Urban Forestry. An Eagle Scout, he worked for three summers as an environmental educator, Leave No Trace Trainer, and conservationist in Cimarron, NM as an instructor for the Boy Scouts of America’s Roving Outdoor Conservation School; he practiced outdoor leadership and oversaw conservation education and projects at Philmont Scout Ranch and for the National Forest Service. He is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, where his studies emphasized environmental policy. He earned a master’s degree in biological and environmental science at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and serves on the board of Chattanooga’s River Rocks Festival.