Gary Phillips is a writer, naturalist and entrepreneur. He has a special interest and expertise in conservation easements and other land-protective strategies. Gary lives in a rammed earth house with his wife Ilana Dubester in Silk Hope, North Carolina. He avidly reads poetry and anthropological science fiction, studies amphibian activities on full moon nights and was once chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. "We love to travel, make good guests, pitch in whenever necessary."