Peg Olsen has been named the new director of The Nature Conservancy's Adirondack Chapter, replacing Michael Carr.
Olsen, who has previously worked for The Nature Conservancy in the Adirondacks and Capital Region, mostly recently served as the National Audubon Society's chief conservation officer and Atlantic Flyway vice-president, overseeing programs in 23 states.
She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy from 1989 to 2003, holding various positions including director of the Eastern New York chapter, based in Albany. She was also deputy director in the Asia Pacific Region.
"As a seasoned conservationist with a global vision, Peg is the perfect person to lead our Adirondack chapter as we work locally and regionally to address the most important environmental challenges of our time -- including land and water protection, reducing the causes of climate change, and utilizing nature to adapt in a climate challenging world," said Stuart F. Gruskin, The Nature Conservancy's chief conservation and external affairs officer in New York.
"I have worked in many beautiful places in the United States and around the globe but my heart has always been in the Adirondacks. This is opportunity is allowing me to come home and work in my own backyard," Olsen said in a statement from the conservancy.
Carr left The Nature Conservancy last October to take a full-time position with the Adirondack Land Trust. During his tenure leading the Adirondack chapter, Carr oversaw a number of complocated land deals in which the conservancy purchased scenic and forested land for later acquisition by New York state, including the landmark deal for Finch, Pruyn & Co.'s Adirondack lands.
Olsen will be based at chapter headquarters in Keene Valley.