In addition to highlighting our 2014 accomplishments, this Year in Review provides me with another opportunity to introduce myself as the Kentucky Chapter’s new State Director. Since beginning my job in August, I have enjoyed visiting the Chapter’s impressive projects and getting to know our exceptional staff, trustees and partners around the state. Thank you for the warm welcome to Kentucky.


Together the Kentucky Chapter is crafting a new strategic plan to guide our work over the next five years. While, no strategic plan can predict all the opportunities and challenges ahead, it will provide an opportunity to ensure that our work aligns under a single, compelling vision.

  • Protect and restore Kentucky’s landscapes and rivers at an unprecedented scale.
  • Transform how businesses and government agencies value and invest in nature as a real solution to economic, social and community challenges.
  • Inspire leaders and a new generation of conservation ambassadors by connecting people to nature and its positive role in their lives and the health of their communities.


The following pages highlight projects which go a long way in safeguarding Kentucky’s natural heritage. A year from now I plan to report back on how we’ve positioned ourselves in these and other locations to have an even greater impact in Kentucky and places beyond our borders like the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.


It has been said that “without risk, there is no reward.” I hope you will join us as we conceive, develop, implement and evaluate complex and even risky projects that can yield great rewards for nature and people in Kentucky and beyond.

Looking forward, we seek to:


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