LandTrust hires new membership and outreach director

Published 9:43 am Monday, June 20, 2016

SALISBURY — The LandTrust for Central North Carolina has named Michael Nye as its new membership and outreach director.

The LandTrust, which is headquartered in Salisbury, is responsible for the stewardship of more than 25,000 acres in 10 central North Carolina counties.

“We are extremely excited to have Michael join The LandTrust staff,” Travis Morehead, LandTrust executive director, said in a news release. “Her commitment to conservation is undeniable. We are looking forward to her leading our membership and outreach efforts across the region.”

Nye grew up in Orrum and attended North Carolina State University, where she earned a degree in fisheries and wildlife science with a minor in environmental science. After graduating in 2002, Nye was a wildlife biologist in Wyoming and later in Montana as the regional hunting access enhancement coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. In that role, Nye managed more than 1.5 million acres of private and public land to be used for public hunting and recreation.

Before joining The LandTrust, Nye was the Southern Piedmont hunter education coordinator for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Covering 15 counties, she administered hunter education and conservation education programs, and coordinated the efforts of nearly 200 hunter education volunteers. Additionally, she organized and presented skills-based courses geared towards introducing women and youth to the outdoors.

“The Piedmont is a rich and diverse landscape. With essential agricultural lands and pristine natural areas, North Carolinians are truly blessed with all that it has to offer. It is our responsibility as stewards to conserve North Carolina’s heartland for generations to come,” Nye said.

“As the membership and outreach director for The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, my vision is to ensure all outdoor enthusiasts are able to enjoy these rural and natural areas by hunting, fishing, hiking and paddling,” she said. “My focus will be to increase awareness of The LandTrust’s important conservation efforts in our region, and grow The LandTrust membership base so we can continue to conserve places that are vital to our hunting and outdoor recreation community.”

The LandTrust for Central North Carolina works with private landowners and public agencies to save the most important natural, scenic, agricultural, and historic places in the central Piedmont.

For more information about the organization, contact The LandTrust at 704-647-0302 or alicia@landtrustcnc.org, or visit its website at www.landtrustcnc.org.

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