Mark King

Mark King

Mark King

Workshop Instructor | Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Mark is a native of Winthrop, Maine, where he enjoys spending time hunting and fishing. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.

In 1991, Mark started working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist. In 1993, he joined the Maine Compost Team ( a collaborative interagency group consisting of representatives from the Maine DEP, Department of Agriculture, State Planning Office, and the University ofMaine Cooperative Extension) where he developed an expertise in composting.

In 1997, Mark served as one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”, and currently serves as Director, as well as actively participating in course instruction.Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through facility siting and design support, operations assistance, and compost process trouble-shooting.

Mark has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large-scale facilities. Currently, he is promoting statewide composting of pre and post-consumer food residuals as an alternative to costly landfill disposal.

Workshop Time: Monday, January 24, 1:00 – 4:30

Workshop Title: Composting Mass Animal Mortalities

Workshop Description: Since the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the Midwestern United States, composting has become the primary animal carcass disposal method for mass poultry mortality events due to disease or natural disasters and has been used in every major avian influenza outbreak the US since then. This workshop will cover both technical and legal aspects of these challenging situations.