Gerry has been a resident of the Palouse for over three decades. He was a charter member of the Palouse Land Trust when it was first founded, and has been on the board since. He worked for the National Park Service for 36 years as an ecologist/wildlife biologist, while also working 28 of those years as a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife at the University of Idaho.
He was married to his late wife, Harley, for 48 years and has two children and one grandchild. He spends his free time improving the natural habitat on his property, sailing and boating, playing piano, and reading. He says he enjoys being a part of the Land Trust because, "I enjoy working on new conservation easements, seeing the properties, examining their resource values, and meeting the landowners."