SLT's Director Departing to Lead VT Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

Stowe Land Trust announced today that Executive Director, Heather Furman, will be leaving Stowe Land Trust for a post as the State Director of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  Her last day will be August 16th.  Heather has been a dynamo for SLT during her 10-year tenure as Executive Director. Her vision, initiative, and drive have propelled SLT to its gold standard reputation. We will miss Heather, but at the same time we are happy for the opportunities that The Nature Conservancy will provide her.

Leadership transitions, while difficult, are also a time of tremendous opportunity.  As our Board of Directors engages in a search for a new Executive Director, we are guided by our mission to protect Stowe’s most critical natural landscapes and those that play a significant role in enhancing our exceptional quality of life.  And, as we move into this period of transition, I want to share with you my thoughts and reflections about where SLT stands today.

Our organization is strong.  SLT is on solid footing.  Our financial house is in order, our Board is engaged, and because of you, our loyal members, our reputation in the community is sterling.  SLT is made up of exceptional people at all levels who are eager to embrace the opportunities that this change presents.  

Our conservation work will continue.  SLT’s Assistant Director, Becca Washburn has been appointed Interim Director, effective August 19th.  Many of you know Becca for her talents guiding SLT’s stewardship program, communications and events.  We are grateful for her willingness to step into this leadership role, and together with the Board and staff, we will carry on with the important work of SLT during this transition.

Our future is bright.  SLT will continue to build on its conservation achievements.  In the next decade, SLT will protect many more places that we value for recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat.  Our new Executive Director will carry out the mission of leading SLT into the next critical era of conservation work.  We look forward to introducing him or her to you this Fall.

Thank you for being loyal members of Stowe Land Trust, and for all you’ve done to support conservation in Stowe.