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September 15, 2019

8/3/2019 7:30:00 AM
Northwoods Land Trust hires new executive director

The Northwoods Land Trust's (NWLT) Board of Directors has announced the hire of Ted Anchor to serve as the organization's new executive director.

For 11 years, Anchor worked as the Northwest Indiana Program Director for the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) where he managed all aspects of their flagship 8,400 Kankakee Sands Preserve that included a bison herd. For six years prior to working for TNC, he was the outreach specialist/ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his masters of science in land resources and ecosystem management.

Anchor started as executive director on July 9 to advance NWLT's mission of promoting voluntary, permanent protection and conservation of natural shorelines, woodlands, wetlands and other natural resources as public benefits for present and future generations.

Anchor replaces Bryan Pierce, who is retiring after 18 years of service as a founding board member and later as the organization's first executive director. Pierce publicly announced his intention to retire back in March after the board of directors spent time developing leadership and succession plans in anticipation of this transition.

Since 2001, Pierce led NWLT to conserve over 13,000 acres of land and 70 miles of natural shorelines in cooperation with more than 100 families in its six-county service territory of Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Iron and Price counties.

Anchor comes at a time when the organization is advancing several strategic initiatives including the promotion of the protection of remnant old-growth forest habitat which only exists on less than 1% of private lands in the northwoods, and the voluntary conservation of undeveloped lakeshore in Iron County.

Anchor is up to the challenge of conserving what makes the Northwoods the Northwoods - its abundant and unspoiled natural lakes, rivers and forests, the release states.

"I've been hunting, fishing and exploring the woods and waters around our family camp in the Chequamegon National Forest in Price County my whole life, and this role will afford me the opportunity to help conserve a region I care deeply about," Anchor said.

NWLT's office and visitor center is in downtown Eagle River at 519 E. Wall Street, just one block east of the Post Office. For more information about conserved lands owned by NWLT that are open to the public, or to become a supporting member or volunteer, stop in the Northwoods Land Trust office, view the website at, email, or call 715-479-2490.

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