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The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Trustee in Tucson

Dr. Bonnie Colby is Professor of Agricultural Resources and Economics at the University of Arizona

Tuscon, AZ | June 03, 2014

The Nature Conservancy in Arizona today announces the election of Dr. Bonnie Colby, of Tucson, to its Board of Trustees. Colby is Professor of Agricultural Resources and Economics at the University of Arizona. She has an extensive background in regional water management strategies to reduce drought impacts, water trading , and water and environmental  policy.

“We’re excited to welcome Bonnie to our board. She brings to us a wonderful combination of enthusiasm, experience and expertise, which will be great assets to the Conservancy,” says Patrick Graham, the Conservancy’s state director in Arizona. “Trustees fulfill an important role providing volunteer leadership that help us protect important land, water and our quality of life.”

Colby has worked in the Agricultural and Resource Economics, Geography, and Hydrology and Water Resources Departments at the University of Arizona more than 30 years. Her expertise in evaluating economic tradeoffs in competing uses of our natural resources, including water and energy, will prove invaluable for the state’s future. 

“I’m thrilled to be at part of The Nature Conservancy family, “ says Bonnie Colby, Arizona board member. “The Conservancy has such a great track record of working with private landowners and of using voluntary agreements to preserve special places and unique habitat.” 

Colby became connected to nature at a very young age while growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I grew up in a family that did a lot of camping and hiking all around that region,” adds Colby. “I particularly loved learning to identify animal tracks in the snow.” These days, Colby spends free time on the trails, mountains and beaches at her favorite places around the world. 

In addition to her work at the university, Dr. Colby delivers workshops worldwide on applying contemplative practices to personal and organizational development, as well as to address social challenges related to water and the environment. 

Dr. Colby has a master and doctorate degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. 

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Tracey Stone
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona

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