Woonsocket Call

Land Trust has new leadership

Kate Sayles will be Council’s new executive director

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The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council recently announced the appointmen­t of Kate Sayles as executive director, beginning July 6.

The current executive director, Rupert Friday, will be retiring after establishi­ng the council and leading it for 17 years. “The conservati­on movement and local land trust work have benefited greatly from Rupert’s leadership and we are enormously grateful to him for his many contributi­ons,” said Barbara Rich, Rhode Island Land Trust Council Board president.

The board formed a search committee composed of the board president, vice president, two board members and three non-board experts in conservati­on.

The board has recently adopted an updated five-year strategic plan and a new developmen­t plan to fund the vision. The board and staff remain committed to continuing our programs and initiative­s without interrupti­on.

Sayles comes to the council from the Northern Rhode Island Conservati­on District where she is currently serving as agricultur­e and forestry program manager. There she focuses on addressing issues on the ground through both funding and technical assistance to private landowners, nonprofits, land trusts and other organizati­ons. Sayles graduated from URI with a degree in wildlife and conservati­on biology and has spent over 10 years leading and participat­ing in several collaborat­ive efforts with federal and state agencies, private landowners and other non-traditiona­l partners. Sayles has been successful at obtaining grant funding in support of these efforts.

“We’re most pleased to announce our hire of Kate,” said Rich. “This represents the culminatio­n of a transition process that started nearly nine months ago, and as a result, we believe we’ve found the ideal individual to lead the council going forward.”

“I am delighted to continue my work with the Rhode Island Land Trust Council in this new capacity and I look forward to a long and fruitful relationsh­ip,” Sayles said.

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is the state coalition of land trusts. Its mission is to conserve open and natural lands by supporting land trusts, promoting responsibl­e use and stewardshi­p, and advocating for land conservati­on policy.

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Submitted photo Kate Sayles was recently named the new executive director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council. She also serves as the agricultur­e and forestry program manager for the Northern Rhode Island Conservati­on District.

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