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Five Rivers Names New Executive Director

Concord – The land trust dedicated to conserving special natural, agricultural, cultural, and recreational lands in the Concord region has a new leader.  Five Rivers Conservation Trust’s Board of Trustees has selected Liz Short of Concord as its new Executive Director.
Liz brings a wealth of experience to this position. She formerly held senior positions at Stonyfield Farm and the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and has a background in natural resources and business management. Liz also served for over a year as a Five Rivers trustee.  
Five Rivers’ hiring committee evaluated numerous candidates from across the country before determining that Liz would be the best choice to move the organization forward. Her intelligence, intuition and warmth will be invaluable assets to the organization.
Liz recognizes the importance of – and potential for – Five Rivers at this unique moment.
“During these times when people are craving the outdoors, community connections and local food, Five Rivers has a great opportunity to expand its reach and impact,” Liz said. “I’m excited to work with our energetic board, staff and committed core of volunteers and supporters to accomplish great things together.”
Liz joins Five Rivers at an exciting time. In June, Harold and Betsy Janeway gave an extraordinary gift of their home and 477 acres of land in Webster and Hopkinton to Five Rivers. This is the third and, by far, the largest property that Five Rivers will own and manage. The donation ushers in an exciting new era for Five Rivers, which has primarily used conservation easements, not ownership, as a conservation tool.  
Five Rivers is working to conserve several other local properties. The organization recently received a significant grant from LCHIP, New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program,  to help conserve the 118-acre Pletcher Farm (Vegetable Ranch) on the slopes of Mt. Kearsarge in Warner and is actively fundraising to finalize the project.  In early 2021, 131 acres of the Koerber Family Forest also will be conserved and available as an outdoor classroom for the Dunbarton Elementary School.
Five Rivers is grateful for outgoing Director Beth McGuinn and her six years of service to the organization.
“Beth has built a stronger, more impactful Five Rivers organization, and with our talented board and Liz’s leadership we’re poised for growth,” said Five Rivers Board Chair Maura Adams.
Beth is confident Five Rivers is in good hands to continue its important work.
“I am pleased to turn Five Rivers’ leadership over to Liz, who is already familiar with the organization, our communities and our work. Five Rivers is my local land trust and I wish Liz, the board and staff of Five Rivers great success in the future!”
About Five Rivers Conservation Trust
Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit membership supported organization that works with communities and landowners to protect land to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize, and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and fields that characterize much of the landscape today.  The organization works in 17 communities across the greater capital region of New Hampshire and has conserved more than 5,000 acres on 80 properties.
Posted on: December 1, 2020
Topics: Staff Changes | Something New

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