NC Advertiser: Land Trust Announces New Leadership

Land Trust announces new leadership

The New Canaan Land Trust announces a planned leadership transition from Chris Schipper to Art Berry as incoming president effective June 1, and the recruitment of a new Executive Director, Mike Johnson. Incoming Land Trust President Art Berry, left, Executive Director Mike Johnson and President Emeritus Chris Schipper.
The New Canaan Land Trust has new leadership. Incoming Land Trust President Art Berry, left, Executive Director Mike Johnson and President Emeritus Chris Schipper.
The New Canaan Land Trust announces a planned leadership transition from Chris Schipper to Art Berry as incoming president effective June 1, and the recruitment of a new Executive Director, Mike Johnson.
Outgoing President Chris Schipper stated, “it has been an honor to serve as president of the Land Trust for the past four years. I  have found a strong and longstanding undercurrent of support for land conservation in New Canaan, manifested by the growth in membership and increased acreage under protection.”
Chris will remain on the board of the Land Trust with a focus on open space development.
Berry, a 32-year resident of New Canaan, has been a strong proponent for open space since the 1970s. Having served as Land Trust vice president and treasurer for the past two years, he is well versed in Land Trust management and issues. Going forward, he plans “to focus on preserving more open space, continuing the growth of engagement of New Canaan young people and the improvement of our overall land stewardship.”
Marking an important transition from an all-volunteer organization, the Land Trust board is also pleased to announce that Johnson joins June 6 as executive director following his graduation from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
“I look forward to meeting members and supporters of the Land Trust, engaging with the community, and introducing advanced land stewardship methods to continue and expand upon the tremendous progress made to-date in support of the Land Trust mission,” he said.


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