Mike Tighe was an agroforestry extension volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Paraguay from 1995-1997 working with small-scale farmers in soil conservation and efficient land use practices. After completing 2 years in this capacity, he was asked to extend his service for an additional year (1998) to help complete a reforestation project begun 15 years earlier. In 1999, Mike was a Crisis Corps Volunteer serving in Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch. Here his work centered on the re-initiation of agricultural activities following the disastrous storms and erosion of fertile soils. Mike graduated with a MS in Forestry, focused on Tropical Pine Pollen Management in 2005.