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Veteran conservationist is selected to lead Park’s invasive plant program

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the state Department of Environmental Conservation have named Tammara Van Ryn the new program manager of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program.

Van Ryn has worked on conservation issues across the Northeast for nearly 30 years. Most recently, she served as the founder and executive director of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an organization based in Saratoga Springs that ensures over 400 conservation groups nationwide adhere to national quality standards for governance, finance and land stewardship.

“Tammara’s entire career, from her time working in forestry in the Peace Corps in Ecuador through her advocacy of sustainable stewardship at the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, has been in the service of conservation and the protection of natural resources,” Peg Olsen, executive director of the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, said in a press release. “She understands the challenges and issues APIPP faces, from climate change to collaborating with partners as disparate as small landowners and the federal government, and the importance of building coalitions to manage the threats invasive species pose to our communities.”

Before launching the Accreditation Commission, Van Ryn served in several roles for the Land Trust Alliance in New York state and across the nation: She was policy director for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, taught nonprofit management as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, and co-owned New Minglewood Farm, an organic vegetable farm in Greenwich.

“Invasive species aren’t just an ecologic threat — they’re an economic one as well,” Van Ryn said in the press release. “They affect every Adirondack community, and responding to the threat requires the engagement of communities across the Park. I’ve always believed in the power of partnerships, and I’ve sought those alliances for every conservation challenge I’ve worked on. I’m excited to be part of and help grow the team of local and state government and nonprofit partners that make APIPP so successful.”

Van Ryn is a graduate of Vermont Law School and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She will move to Saranac Lake from her current home in Greenwich.

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