Keene Valley, NY – Michael Carr has been named the full-time executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust and is stepping down as the director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
The Nature Conservancy in New York thanks Carr for his dedication and leadership as director of the Adirondack Chapter, and congratulates him as he embarks on a new journey to lead the Adirondack Land Trust full-time.
Carr has played a key leadership role in land conservation during his storied 26-year career with the Conservancy, which began with serving as director of the Lake George Land Conservancy, a local land trust the Conservancy helped to establish and has since fledged. His remarkable efforts resulted in the Conservancy’s direct involvement in helping protect over half a million acres in the Adirondack Park, a uniquely configured park of public and private land that serves as a conservation model for the world. While there have been many great successes along the way, the capstone on Carr’s career was the recent completion of the landmark 161,000-acre “Finch project,” which resulted in the largest addition of lands in over 100 years to the park’s publicly owned and constitutionally protected Forever Wild Forest Preserve.
Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York, said, “Mike has a remarkable record of conservation success that he should be extremely proud of and for which we are all grateful. The Adirondack Park would not be what it is today without Mike’s heroic conservation leadership.”
“No one could be better qualified to lead the Adirondack Land Trust. The Board looks forward to Mike working full-time to advance ALT’s important conservation goals,” said Board Chair Meredith Prime. “With Mike at the helm, ALT is well-positioned to continue its work toward fulfilling the promise of the Adirondack Park as a place of resilient lands and waters and sustainable communities.”
The Conservancy will build on Mike’s legacy in creating a world where nature and people thrive. The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization active in all 50 states and 69 countries. Its base of operations in the Adirondacks is in Keene Valley. The Conservancy looks forward to a strong and productive partnership with the Adirondack Land Trust under Mike’s leadership.
“This is an exciting time for both organizations and we believe it will allow The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust to have the greatest conservation impact in the Adirondacks and in New York State as a whole,” Ulfelder added.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at www.nature.org. To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit www.nature.org/global. To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Adirondack Land Trust’s mission is to protect working farms and forests, undeveloped shoreline, scenic vistas and other lands contributing to the quality of life of our communities as well as the wildness and rural character of the Adirondacks. Learn more online www.adirondacklandtrust.org.