The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has announced it has hired Abby Blum as its new associate director of philanthropy.
Blum comes to The Nature Conservancy from Middlebury College’s Office of Advancement, where she served as senior development officer for nearly seven years.
Blum will report to the Conservancy’s chief philanthropy officer for New York and will be responsible for chapter fundraising efforts. She will also serve as a liaison with supporters throughout the region and state. Blum will be based in the Keene Valley office.
Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2013, Blum worked on political campaigns for female candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. As a volunteer, Abby serves on the board of the United Way of Addison County, Vermont, where she recently started her term as Vice Chair.
The Nature Conservancy has been operating in the Adirondacks since 1971, and have protected some 585,000 acres since that time, including Boreas Ponds, Lake Lila, and Lyon Mountain. They also established the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and have done work assessing road-stream crossings in the Champlain watershed and the status and resiliency of lake trout in the face of climate change.
More information is available on their website.
Just a point of information… The Nature Conservancy has been active in the Adirondack Park since the 1950s. I think that since Lake George ( and its islands) are within the Blue Line (since 1931, when the Blue Line was extended), then the gift of Dome Island to the Nature Conservancy (Eastern NY Chapter) in 1956, along with an endowment fund of $20,000, implies that the Nature Conservancy has been active in the Adirondack Park since about that time… Alvin Whitney, member of the Board of the Eastern NY Chapter, and John Apperson, a preservationist and activist at Lake George, deserve credit for figuring out how to save the “centerpiece” of Lake George, and establish one of the first nature preserves… One of the lawyers at GE, William Sheahs, compared Dome Island to an art exhibit at the Frick Museum, and said the Nature Conservancy would be eligible for tax exemption, just like an art museum. More about John Apperson’s far-sighted contributions to Lake George, see the website http://www.adirondackactivism.com