WILLIAMSTOWNWRLF names new executive directorDavid McGowan of Brookline, who has dedicated his career to conserving land throughout Massachusetts, has been named executive director of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation. He will succeed retiring Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans, who has been with the WRLF for almost 23 years. McGowan has worked for Mass Audubon, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation since receiving his graduate degree from Antioch New England University in 1996.At the Nature Conservancy, which he joined in 2006, McGowan's projects focused mainly on climate change and included the protection of an 800-acre property in Copake, N.Y. that created a large wildlife corridor within the Berkshire-Taconic landscapeAt the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which he joined in 1996, McGowan helped conserve the 900-acre Spectacle Pond Farm at Otis State Forest.The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust which just celebrated 30 years of working to preserve open and accessible space for the benefit of present and future generations.
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