After a aggressive search, The Nature Conservancy in Nevada has not too long ago introduced Mickey Hazelwood as its conservation director. In his new function, Hazelwood will lead TNC’s strategic efforts to make sure resilient lands, resilient waters, and local weather motion for Nevada, and contribute towards the worldwide group’s bold 2030 objectives for a sustainable world for folks and nature.
“Our chapter has needed a dedicated conservation director and filling this role has been one of my top priorities,” says Mauricia Baca, TNC in Nevada State Director. “I am so excited that Mickey Hazelwood will be in this important position to support our conservation team as they advance our critical initiatives. I look forward to us working together as we move into the next phase of our work on behalf of people and nature in Nevada.”
Hazelwood’s expertise and depth and breadth of conservation achievements made him a standout alternative for the function. He has been with TNC in Nevada for 16 years and most not too long ago served as the chapter’s technique director for cover and stewardship.
He additionally directed TNC’s work in the Truckee, Carson, and Walker River watersheds and led the Truckee River Project, which has been centered on restoring ecosystem operate alongside the extremely degraded attain of the river between Reno and Wadsworth, Nev.
This $30 million restoration program has been supported by means of a partnership with quite a few native, state, and federal companies and organizations, and up to now the TNC has restored roughly 11 miles of the decrease Truckee River and greater than 800 acres of adjoining floodplain and upland habitats.
Hazelwood’s successes additionally embrace becoming a member of an settlement with the U.S. Forest Service and different companions to implement extra forest remedies in high-risk areas of the watershed to cut back the frequency and impacts of enormous wildfires.
Hazelwood’s earlier work expertise contains conservation easement improvement, conservation design for the safety of enormous tracts of ranchland, challenge administration and land surveying. He holds a B.S. in utilized geography from Appalachian State University and a M.S. in utilized geography from New Mexico State University.
The conservation director function has been an interim place since 2019. The everlasting place was made potential because of beneficiant and transformative items from two TNC in Nevada trustees: Jennifer Satre and her husband Phil Satre, and John McDonough.
“These transformative investments truly put the Nevada chapter on the road to success,” Baca says. “I am very grateful to Jennifer and Phil Satre and to John McDonough for their trust and confidence in our team, and for these generous gifts that will help us grow our capacity and ensure that people and nature thrive in Nevada.”
TNC has been working in Nevada for 38 years and its work in the state is concentrated on three initiatives: resilient lands, resilient waters and local weather motion. Its historical past of conservation accomplishments in Nevada contains serving to to ascertain each the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, restoring 11 miles of the Truckee River, and guiding restoration efforts to assist sage-grouse and Nevada’s economic system. Since its founding in 1984, the Nevada chapter has conserved greater than 3 million acres of land and has achieved greater than $90 million in land safety initiatives in the Silver State.
About The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a worldwide environmental nonprofit working to create a world the place folks and nature can thrive. Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to develop into one of the crucial efficient and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world.
Working in 76 nations and territories: 37 by direct conservation affect and 39 by means of companions, we use a collaborative strategy that engages native communities, governments, the personal sector, and different companions. We’ve been working in Nevada for 38 years and have conserved greater than 3 million acres in the Silver State, together with in iconic locations such as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and the Truckee River. To be taught extra, please go to nature.org/nevada.
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