Wednesday, October 12, 2011

State Director Laura Hubbard Accepts New Conservancy Position

The Nature Conservancy announced today that Laura Hubbard, state director for the organization’s Idaho program, will be taking a new position as conservation director for the Conservancy’s Western division.

Hubbard will be conservation director for a 13-state region including states in the Rockies, Southwest and West Coast, as well as for the Conservancy’s work in Canada.

During her six-year tenure with the Conservancy in Idaho, she oversaw many significant conservation accomplishments, including the protection of more than 14,000 acres of ranchlands in the Pioneer Mountains, innovative water protection agreements in the Salmon River watershed that led to improved conditions for salmon and farmers, forest easements that protect some of the most important grizzly habitat in the state in North Idaho and the acquisition of easements protecting land directly adjacent to the Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve.

Under her watch, the Conservancy worked increasingly on collaborative efforts addressing large-scale land conservation, including the Owyhee Initiative in southwest Idaho, the Clearwater Basin Collaborative in central Idaho and the Pioneer Alliance, a coalition of ranchers, conservation groups and recreational interests working to protect the mountains near the Wood River Valley.

Hubbard will work with the Idaho program through November 11. A search will be initiated for a new state director.

Associate state director Lou Lunte will serve as acting director.

“We will miss Laura, but we’re thrilled she’ll now bring her leadership to affect conservation across the Western United States and Canada,” says Lunte. “Our staff and trustees look forward to working with Laura in new ways, as we continue to achieve conservation results that matter for people and nature.”

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