Land Preservation Committee Members and Meeting Schedule

The Land Preservation Committee recently changed their meeting information.  Beginning in May 2024, the LPC generally meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 PM at Fire Station 2, located at 2727 E. North Territorial Rd., Whitmore Lake. These meetings are open to the public. 

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2024 Meeting Schedule: typically the 1st Monday 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm 5:30 pm (unless otherwise noted)       
January 11th*
February 5th
March 11th
April 1st
May 6th   May 8th
June 3rd   June 12th
July 8th   July 10th
August 5th   August 14th
September 9th   September 11th
October 7th   October 9th
November 4th   November 13th
December 2th   December 11th

* change in date due to holiday

Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee

 David Gordon HeadShot

David Gordon, Chair

David retired as a self-employed metals trader in 2008 and now serves as the Chair of the Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee (LPC).  He previously served as a Northfield Township Planning Commissioner (2002-2008) and Trustee (2004-2008).  In addition to his work as a township official, he helped revive the community watchdog group Northfield Neighbors in 2002 to defend the Township Master Plan. 

Prior to going into business, he was a newspaper reporter for six years at The Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ.  His professional experience in that field and as a business owner gives him the skill set to benefit the LPC as a collaborative leader exploring the best paths to achieving the resident’s priority of Land Preservation.   

David moved to Northfield Township in 1980, married his wife Suzy in the home they built on Hellner Road and raised their son, Dylan, who is a musician now living in Brooklyn, NY.   He enjoys golf, nature walks with his wife and maintaining walking paths on his and his neighbor’s property.


Paul E. Berry


Paul has worked as a botanist throughout his career, starting at the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, and then at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the University of Wisconsin, and lastly at the University of Michigan, where he was a professor and director of the herbarium. He particularly appreciates plant diversity and likes to identify and help preserve areas that exhibit high ecological value.

Paul and his wife Lois have lived in Northfield Township since 2008. He enjoys stewarding his property by culling invasive species and planting in their place a variety of native tree species, as well as some exotic ones like dawn redwood. Each year his garden continues to expand, always with lots of garlic. His life has recently taken a more aquatic turn, as he combines rowing on the Huron River, sailing on Baseline Lake, and swimming at the Washtenaw Community College Fitness Center.

As a new member of the Land Preservation Committee, Paul hopes to be able to help the township balance the growth of developed tracts with the preservation of farmland and woodlands within its boundaries.

Racel Smith
Rachel Smith,
Board Representative

Rachel has lived in Northfield Township since 2013.  She is a mother of two, wife, engineer, and small business owner.  She enjoys many outdoor activities and aims to preserve Northfield Township's natural resources and rural character.  Rachel is proud to serve as the Board of Trustee's representative to the Land Preservation Committee.  


Judith Moldenhauer

Judith Moldenhauer teaches Graphic Design at Wayne State University. Her work focuses on user-centered visual communication – designing things that help people easily find, understand, and use information such as maps, instructions, and forms – and on letterpress printing and wood engraving. 

She was introduced to the love of nature and the desire to preserve it as a Girl Scout and has continued to be an advocate of land stewardship: the idea that we humans are part of the environment and have a responsibility to care for it. She has been able to put that idea into practice on the 14 acres in Northfield Township where she and her partner have lived since 1986: keeping acres in cultivation (hay), protecting wetlands and trees, growing organic vegetables, and restoring native plants to the property.  

As a long time, member and supporter of organizations that support land conservation and preservation, such as the Huron River Watershed Council, she sees being on the Land Preservation Committee as another opportunity to help preserve and protect farmland and natural areas. She believes that it is important to promote policies and practices that can sustain clean air and water and biodiversity and also provide a good income for farmers and good food for our tables. 

She enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching, cooking and baking (she is especially known for her apple pies), music, good conversation, and learning new things.

Raven Tuttle

Raven Tuttle

Born on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and moving to a tract house in Detroit, made me long for country life. Forty years ago, my husband and I moved to a Civil War-era farm house here in Northfield Township. We planted gardens, ran a nursery and raised a family here. So this is home; worth preserving and sharing with future generations. That's why I want to join with others that share this desire. It is our privilege to preserve the land.

Steven Sherman

Steven 'Solar Steve' Sherman is an energy systems engineer and entrepreneur passionate about sustainability.
He has called Northfield Twp home since 2018 and lived in Washtenaw County since enrolling in the University of Michigan in 2007. He has worked in the automotive and energy industries, focusing on electric vehicles, energy efficiency, batteries, solar photovoltaic, and consumer-energy psychology. He has a small farm that hosts over 2 dozen happy hens and is powered by a grid-optional solar power + energy storage system.
He draws inspiration from nature hikes and enjoys visiting the many parks and preserves throughout Washtenaw county. He is excited to be a new member of the Land Preservation Committee to help preserve our scenic views, rural character, and heritage. He believes in a strong overlap between land stewardship and creative sustainable energy development.

Ezra Dreffs