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Bainbridge Island Land Trust announces new executive director

Hallie Stevens has been hired as the new executive director of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

Officials with the nonprofit announced their new hire Monday. Stevens replaces Asha Rehnberg, who served as executive director for nearly five years.

The land trust said Stevens has held several senior positions with The Nature Conservancy of Florida, and in her most recent position, she directed the Conservancy’s Northeast Florida Region and focused on land, marine and freshwater systems protection.

“We are pleased to secure a new director with the conservation expertise to guide our intensive efforts on the island,”   said Tom Goodlin, incoming president of the board for the land trust.

“Hallie Stevens has the skills and the commitment essential to continuing the huge progress in land acquisition and stewardship that we have achieved under Asha Rehnberg’s leadership,” he said.

Trust officials said Stevens designed and executed the St. Marys River Watershed Program, an effort that protected more than 80,000 acres of critical lands.

Officials with the nonprofit praised Rehnberg for her many accomplishments while at the helm of the land trust.

During her time with the trust, the organization wrapped up the Heart of the Forest acquisition, completed numerous conservation easements and spearheaded a public-private shoreline restoration project on Port Madison Bay.

Rehnberg was also credited as being the architect in charge of the nearly completed campaign to purchase the 36-acre Hilltop property, which connects the east and west portions of the Grand Forest.

The organization also partnered with Bainbridge citizens and the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District in the purchase of the 30-acre “Keep Gazzam Wild” addition to the Gazzam Lake Preserve while Rehnberg led the trust.

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to lead this amazing community institution," Rehnberg said.

"Due to the passion, commitment and hard work of its many volunteers, supporters and staff over the last 23 years, the land trust has enhanced the quality of life on Bainbridge Island forever," she said. "It has helped to permanently protect more than 1,200 acres of our island’s natural landscapes for the benefit of people, wildlife and water resources. And more than 950 of those scenic acres are open to the public, crisscrossed with public trails through tranquil surroundings."

"On this little island so close to Seattle, that is extraordinary. Bainbridge residents will be grateful for what we’ve accomplished together for many generations to come,” Rehnberg said.

Rehnberg’s service and the appointment of Stevens will be celebrated by the members of the land trust at their annual meeting and potluck.

The meeting is 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in Webster Hall at The Island School.

For more information, call the land trust office at 206-842-1216.

 

 

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