About John C. Lepore

My deep passion to connect with Nature began at a very young age. I enjoyed exploring the woodlands near my home in central Maine and trekking through the marshes of Merrymeeting Bay along the Kennebec River. As a teenager, my journey to unfold the mysteries of Eastern philosophy began, a path that eventually led to 40 years of active martial arts study. Little did I anticipate that these two interests in Nature would lead me down an intriguing road of discovery.

As a retired educator, I enrolled in the intensive 10-month ecological restoration masters program at the Conway School. The experience nurtured diverse strategies necessary in supporting positive adaptations to economically and ecologically vulnerable communities.

I started Future Lands, LLC in 2011. As a resilient landscape planner and design professional, I endeavor to practice sound ecological design. My designs combine scientific and local knowledge to ensure long-lasting resilience to ongoing social, economic and ecological challenges.

I’m passionate about:

  • Vibrant, diverse landscapes—places to walk, run, sit, and view
  • Healthy, interesting food to eat, opportunity to enjoy year-round, inexpensive, part of a robust system, functional. Simple—uses local resources…mutually beneficial.

My resilient land plans and designs include:

  • Defining interrelationships between culture and Nature
  • Strengthening people’s sense of connection to the landscape, both physically and spiritually.

Future Lands is committed to:

  • Beneficial outcomes while minimizing costs in time, resources, and efforts
  • Collaboration with partners and stakeholders through active participation
  • Utilization of the best scientific, local cultural, and historic knowledge
  • Renewal of a diminished or lost component of an ecosystem, such as a species at risk, a well connected habitat, etc.
  • Regeneration of long-lasting, resilient landscapes while embracing changes over time.