After a careful 2-month search effort, it is our pleasure to introduce to you our new Executive Director Rich Bard. Rich will be joining us from Downeast Coastal Conservancy in Washington County. He brings a wealth of conservation and non-profit organizational experience. We look forward to a new chapter of growth and development under his tenure. Rich’s start date is November 13th, so you will be hearing much more about, and from, Rich very soon.
Richard Bard of East Machias will be the new Executive Director of the Scarborough Land Trust (SLT). Rich is the Executive Director of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC) in Washington County with over 80 properties in conservation covering 6,000 acres. A former Wildlife Biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Rich has over 23 years in the conservation field, the last 14 of which have been in Maine.
“This is wonderful news for SLT,” said Rick Shinay, President of the Board of SLT, “as we celebrate 40 years of conserving land in Scarborough. SLT has conserved 1,600 acres to date with a wide variety of holdings, many of which have trails developed and built by our part-time Stewardship Coordinator, Toby Jacobs, and many dedicated volunteers. As Scarborough is one of the fastest growing towns in Maine, we feel the pressure to balance business and housing growth with protection of key areas of farmland, marsh, wetlands and animal and bird habitat,” said Shinay. “I look forward to using my passion for conservation” said Bard “to inspire people to connect with nature and to develop an active lifestyle.”
Rich will be moving to the area with his wife and family and begin work at SLT in early November.