John draws on his masters degree in urban planning, his service on local government committees and non-profit boards, and his extensive time in the field to provide consulting services to local governments on how to maximize the wise use of their natural environment. In 2012, John researched and prepared a report for Camden County, NC, outlining how to develop ecotourism by improving infrastructure and branding and marketing of their network of swamps and rivers. That report, done in conjunction with Clarion Associates, has become part of Camden County's long-range comprehensive plan.