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Connecticut River Program Staff

The Nature Conservancy
Connecticut River Program

136 West Street, Suite 5
Northampton MA 01060

Kim Lutz 230x230Kim Lutz
Connecticut River Program Director
(413) 584 1016

Kim is the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program, managing conservation efforts across a 7.2 million acre, four state watershed. This project focuses on ecosystem flows, stream connectivity and floodplain restoration. Kim received her B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and her M.S. in Biology from the University of Cincinnati, where she studied native prairies and developed a prairie restoration plan for a city natural area. Outside of work Kim enjoys volunteering with the Northampton High School Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and with the youth and outreach program at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Kim lives with her husband, John, her daughter, Mariel, and their big white dog of uncertain origin, Orion. Kim’s son Ian lives and works in Washington DC. Her favorite place in nature is the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, where she has spent many a summer paddling through tidal marshes and beaches.

  Katie Kennedy 230x230Katie Kennedy
Applied River Scientist
(413) 586-2349

 Katie is working with partners - state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and other NGOs - to find creative ways to manage flows in the Connecticut River that provide human benefits - such as clean energy, flood control, water supply, and recreation - while also providing the conditions necessary for a functioning and thriving river ecosystem. Specifically, Katie is representing TNC, both as a technical expert and a river advocate, in the relicensing process for five hydropower projects on the CT River. She is also collaborating with USACE, UMass, USGS, and other TNC colleagues to find ways to restore functioning floodplain forests through the re-management of 13 flood control dams throughout the CT River basin. Katie received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies and has her M.S. in Fisheries. She is a Doctoral candidate in Fisheries (River Management and Ecology), as well. Katie’s favorite place in nature is her wild wooded backyard.

 Christian Markis 230x230Christian Marks
Floodplain Ecologist
(413) 584-1017

 As Floodplains Ecologist, Christian fills in gaps in science of floodplain ecosystems in northeastern North America that are critical to advancing the Conservancy's freshwater conservation work. Christian provides advice to floodplain and wetland restoration projects including developing restoration design plans. He also contributes to developing conservation strategies that could increase the rate of floodplain protection and restoration. Christian also does outreach with key groups of practitioners to improve both quantity and quality of restoration and protection of floodplains and other freshwater wetlands. Christian received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Biology from McGill University, and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Minnesota. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts. Christian lives and works in Northampton, MA with his wife and three small children. His favorite place in nature is anywhere he can be paddling in a canoe or kayak.

 Amy Singler 2 230x230Amy Singler
Conservation Partner with American Rivers
(413) 584-2183

Amy holds a unique joint position with The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut River Program and American Rivers’ Restoration Program. She manages river restoration projects and works to advance river restoration efforts across the watershed by engaging partners and improving dam removal policy. Having grown up in New England, Amy enjoys exploring the Connecticut River landscape from the shores to the mountains by foot, ski and boat and has recently set her sights on honing her fly fishing skills.

State Chapters

The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut
55 Church Street, Floor 3
New Haven, CT 06510-3029
Phone: (203) 568-6270
Fax: (203) 568-6271

The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
Boston Office
99 Bedford St., 5th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts, 02111
Phone: (617) 532-8300
Fax: (617) 532-8400

The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire
22 Bridge Street, 4th Floor
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 224-5853
Fax: (603) 228-2459

The Nature Conservancy in Vermont
27 State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Phone: (802) 229-4425
Fax: (802) 229-1347 

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