The Nature Conservancy of Kansas has hired Lance Hedges as the new Director of Conservation. Hedges replaces Rob Manes, who became the organization’s State Director last fall. A native of Fort Scott, Hedges brings 20 years of conservation and land management experience to the Conservancy.
As Director of Conservation, Hedges will lead and support Conservancy staff and other natural resource professionals in various endeavors and partnerships aimed at conserving key native plant and animal communities of the region. In addition, one of Hedges’ goals will be to address infrastructure improvements at Conservancy-owned ranches in Kansas. Maintaining fencing, roads and water systems, along with demonstrating sound grazing management, the Conservancy strives to steward the state’s most important natural landscapes and species and to be an examples of quality land management.
Before joining the Conservancy, Hedges had been a biologist and supervisor with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, where he most recently held the position of Public Lands Supervisor in Southeast Kansas. In this position with the agency, he oversaw a 21-county region and played a lead role in many projects, including the acquisition of property in Labette County from the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. He has served as a District Wildlife Biologist in Bourbon, Allen, Anderson and Linn counties and was the co-coordinator of the Southeast Kansas Quail Initiative. Hedges is also a licensed real estate agent with experience in farm and ranch realty.
Hedges received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University. His office is in Garnett, where he resides with his wife Stacey and their three children.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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