The Western Reserve Land Conservancy, based in the Cleveland suburb of Moreland Hills, has appointed former Geauga Park District deputy director Keith McClintock as its new vice president of conservation.
In addition, the organization named vice president Eddie Dengg with strong Akron ties to head the organization’s new land-preservation efforts in the Utica shale region of eastern Ohio.
McClintock, who had served as deputy director of the Geauga Park District since 1999, will join the Land Conservancy’s executive leadership team and oversee all land-protection, planning and stewardship operations.
Dengg, who was first hired by the Land Conservancy in 1999 and rejoined the staff in 2007, is a lawyer and biologist with an extensive background in conservation.
He will oversee all planning, preservation and restoration work in the region heavily impacted by oil and gas drilling.
Rich Cochran, president and chief executive officer of the Land Conservancy, said the changes will enable the organization to ramp up its traditional land-protection work while also preparing for the conservation planning challenges posed by the anticipated drilling boom in the Utica shale region.
“Eddie is uniquely qualified to lead our efforts in the Utica shale region and to ensure that land conservation plays a key role as we deal with the biggest external force we have ever faced." he said.
In 1999, Dengg, who has both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a law degree from the University of Akron, became the third staff member of the Chagrin River Land Conservancy, one of the eight local land trusts that merged in 2006 to form Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
After working at Grand River Partners and the Trust for Public Land, he rejoined the Land Conservancy staff in 2007.
Dengg has worked in park planning and natural resources management for Cleveland Metroparks and as a park botanist at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which was formed in 2006 by the merger of eight local land trusts, preserves natural lands, working farmlands, urban lands and coastal lands in northern Ohio. It is one of the top 10 land trusts in the nation, according to the Land Trust Alliance.
The organization has preserved more than 430 properties and more than 30,000 acres in the region, including 6,033 acres in fiscal 2012.
In addition, the Land Conservancy’s Thriving Communities Institute has helped revitalize urban areas throughout Ohio by assisting in the establishment of 15 county land banks.
The Land Conservancy is headquartered in Moreland Hills and has field offices in Cleveland, Akron, Oberlin, Medina, Orwell, Painesville and Orrville.
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