John Preyer’s work in environmental restoration and environmental policy started in 1992 when he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina. As Legislative Director he regularly dealt with numerous federal regulatory agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and all corresponding state agencies. In 1998 John co-founded Restoration Systems. In 2002 John was instrumental in securing the site which provided all off-site compensatory mitigation for the Federal Express Cargo Hub expansion at the Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, NC. At the time, it was the state’s largest economic development project with a projected value of $1.8 billion.
From 2002-2006 John served on the board of the NC Coastal Federation. Before joining the board he worked closely with the Coastal Federation’s executive director on obtaining the land for their North River Farms restoration site. In 2007, John worked with the NC General Assembly to amend a state law that required all mitigation efforts for non-point source nitrogen and phosphorus loading in the Neuse and Tar Pamlico River Basins be performed by the state operated in-lieu fee mitigation program. The law was changed in 2008 and RS permitted the state’s first water quality mitigation bank to offset non-point source excess nitrogen loading in the Neuse River Basin. Since that time, competing water quality mitigation banks have been permitted, providing competitive pricing and additional up-front, functioning and in the ground mitigation. John is a graduate of UNC and lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two children.