Mary McConnell is the State Director for the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and has been with the Conservancy since 1992. During her tenure she has been actively engaged in various land protection activities including acquisitions, land use strategies, partnership building, dealing with local, state and federal governmental agencies and helping to promote sound conservation practices in Indiana and beyond. She was named State Director in 1999. Mary has traveled extensively with the Conservancy to Central & South America, Australia, Asia and Europe. In 2004, she helped represent the Conservancy at the World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2006 she led a global assessment of the world’s forests for the Conservancy.
Under Mary’s leadership, the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has pioneered cutting edge conservation strategies that have been replicated around the world. She strongly advocates international partnerships and cross-boundary knowledge sharing.
Mary serves on several state-wide conservation associations, including Governor Daniels’ recently-established
Bicentennial Nature Trust Committee and the Indiana Sustainable Natural Resources Task Force.