Welcome Emily Wood:
Door County Land Trust Selects Executive Director
Door County Land Trust has appointed conservation leader Emily Wood as its next executive director. Wood will take over as Executive Director on August 1, 2022 and will lead the Door County Land Trust in its mission to preserve, maintain and enhance lands that contribute significantly to the scenic beauty, open space and ecological integrity of Door County.
Wood is a life-long Midwesterner with a passion for conservation and wildlife. Since 2017, she has been Executive Director of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. In this role, she has been a key player in regional conservation efforts including the Great Lakes invasive carp strategy and Indiana’s monarch butterfly conservation plan.
Wood has also served as a wildlife and natural resource conservation advocate working at the local, state and federal levels to pass bipartisan legislation such as the Great American Outdoors Act, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), and the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
“The Door County Land Trust board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Emily Wood to be our new Executive Director. We hope you’ll join us in extending a warm welcome to her,” said Donna Hake, president of the Door County Land Trust Board of Directors. “We believe that Emily's experience and record of outstanding achievements, her energy, and her passion for the natural world makes her the right leader for the Land Trust's skilled team of dedicated conservationists.”
Wood joins the Door County Land Trust at a time of significant growth. The Land Trust is increasing its pace of land protection and developing plans to increase its management of protected lands. To accomplish this mission, the Land Trust’s staffing and financial resources must also grow accordingly. As pressures across the peninsula and islands increase, Door County Land Trust must address issues of degraded and fragmented wildlife habitat, loss of wildlife habitat, declining water quality, and climate change.
“The need for land protection has never been greater—and the Door County community has shown its dedication by conserving Door County’s wild lands,” said Wood. “I am honored to work with you—and for you—as we protect the beauty, ecology, and rural landscape of this part of the world.”
Among her many professional and volunteer activities, Wood is Chair of the Indiana Monarch Conservation Planning Committee, Development Chair of the Indiana Conservation Alliance, and Co-Chair of the National Wildlife Federation’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Task Force. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Members and friends are invited to meet Emily Wood at the Door County Land Trust’s Annual Gathering to be held on Sunday, August 21, at a beautiful conservation easement protected property near Baileys Harbor.