The Adirondack Land Trust welcomes to its staff Olivia Dwyer, communications specialist, and Joe Scrimenti, office administrator.
Olivia Dwyer earned a BS in natural resources from Cornell University, then worked as a journalist focused on outdoor recreation, public lands, environmental issues, and the social concerns of North America’s mountain communities. Her appreciation for wild lands and waters began with the many treks of her Adirondack childhood. In addition to volunteering with her local library and town parks, she also makes time for human-powered outings on dirt, snow, and water.
“A lifetime in the Adirondacks means my health has benefited from clean air and water, protected lands have served as both classroom and inspiration, and I’ve been nurtured by the grit, creativity, and generosity of our communities,” Olivia says. “I’m thrilled to join an organization dedicated to ensuring these resources are accessible forever to everyone who loves the Adirondacks.”
Joe Scrimenti was introduced to the Adirondacks while obtaining a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new summits, playing music, and watching movies. Scrimenti has worked in stewardship, interpretation, and education roles at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Yosemite Conservancy, Asbury Woods Nature Center in Pennsylvania, and 350Vermont. He brings community outreach and coalition building skills from political campaigns to his burgeoning conservation career.
“The Adirondacks have a special way of remaining with people long after a first visit. For me, that was six years ago, and I’ve known since then that I wanted to return,” says Scrimenti. “After establishing my environmental conservation background in other states and parks, I am fortunate to now call the Adirondacks home. I look forward to contributing to the beauty and vibrancy of this land and the communities it sustains.”
The mission of the Adirondack Land Trust is to forever conserve the forests, farmlands, waters and wild places that advance the quality of life of our communities and the ecological integrity of the Adirondacks. Since 1984, the land trust has protected 27,606 acres at 100 sites in 43 towns across the Adirondacks.
Portrait photos by Lisa Godfrey