Freshwater Land Trust Names New Executive Director

The Freshwater Land Trust recently announced that Libba Vaughan has been named its new executive director.

Vaughan brings a wealth of experience to the Freshwater Land Trust, including her five years at the organization between 2005 and 20
10 when she directed development and communications. She returns to the Freshwater Land Trust from UAB, where she led the Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research.

Libba Vaughn“Libba’s skills in collaboration, her proven success in growing critical programs at our city’s flagship university, and her experience with and passion for the Freshwater Land Trust’s work makes her uniquely qualified to lead the organization into a new era of growth and success,” said Jim Proctor, chair of the board of directors. “She’s an experienced and entrepreneurial leader who will enhance our work in river and land conservation. We are excited to work with her to position the Freshwater Land Trust for even greater success in the future.”
Vaughan will assume responsibilities from Wendy Jackson, who has accepted a position as executive vice president of the Land Trust Alliance, a national organization that brings together more than 1,000 land trusts in conservation efforts across the country.

“We wish Wendy great success as she moves on to the Land Trust Alliance,” said Proctor. “She led the Freshwater Land Trust since its inception 15 years ago, and she helped build it into one of the premier land trusts in the country.”

Founded in 1996, the Freshwater Land Trust works to preserve the places that matter to our community through land conservation with a focus on properties that enhance water quality and open space. The Freshwater Land Trust owns and manages over 5,000 acres of land and through partnerships has helped preserve over 11,000 acres.

In addition to its effort to protect major river watersheds throughout Central Alabama, the Freshwater Land Trust leads trail and greenway projects in the Birmingham metro area, including Red Mountain Park, the Village Creek Greenway, and the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

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