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Big News for the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust: An Announcement from Executive Director Terri Lane

Dear Friends of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust,    I have some very big news to share with you today, both for myself personally, and for the organization.

As I approach 10 years as Executive Director, I am ready to embrace my next chapter in conservation. Over the next four months, I will be working with the Board of Directors to hire my replacement and hand over the reins to the Land Trust’s next leader. As most of you know, building the Land Trust has been my passion and my life’s work. I couldn’t be prouder of what has been accomplished – I end my tenure at the organization’s helm at a time of great strength and I am as passionate as ever to advance conservation in the Natural State through my next adventure. Our team is comprised of dedicated conservation leaders with the skill, energy, and expertise to meet the rising opportunities and challenges ahead.  And indeed, we are embarking on some of our most exciting and transformative conservation efforts ever. I am certain that the Land Trust will find a worthy new leader ready to take us into the future. Until then, I will be 100% present in my role as Executive Director, including working with the board in the search for and transition to my replacement. I appreciate each and every one of you who have supported me and the Land Trust over the years, and I take joy in knowing you will continue to support the Land Trust into the future. I also appreciate the Board of Directors for their dedication to our mission, and the kind sentiments shared in their message below. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to staying connected in my next chapter! Yours in Conservation,


A Message From the Board of Directors On behalf of the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust Board of Directors, I want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for Terri’s 10 years of transformative leadership. Terri has worked endlessly to establish NWALT as a gold standard land trust for Northwest Arkansas. By growing strong relationships with partners, donors, staff, and board, Terri has created a reputation for NWALT that is revered by our community. A list of Terri’s contributions would simply not do her justice, it is Terri, herself, that has spoken as a true champion and pioneer, to spread the meaning and impact conservation has on every living thing. It is because of her vision and leadership that the reins to a thriving organization can be handed over, and at a time of great strength. With a deeply capable and growing staff, as well as Terri’s commitment to serve until her successor is chosen and onboarded, the Land Trust is well positioned for this transition. I am sure I speak for many of you when I say that working with Terri is one of the great pleasures of involvement with the Land Trust. She lives and breathes conservation, and her passion is contagious. She will be missed. The board will establish a search committee with members from both board and staff to lead the pursuit for our next Executive Director. We will keep the community informed as that process unfolds.   We look forward to celebrating Terri and her contributions to the Land Trust when the time comes for her departure, as well as welcoming a new leader for the next chapter of NWALT. Terri, we wish you well on your newest endeavor and thank you for being a lifelong friend.

With Warm Regard, Jenny Burbidge, Board President On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Preserving quality of life for all people in Northwest Arkansas through the permanent protection of land.”


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