Originally from Cynthiana, Kentucky, Dian Osbourne has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a paralegal degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s staff in 2003, Dian worked for law firms and corporate legal departments in the Lexington area where she specialized in real estate titles and closings. Most recently, this work included working with A&W franchises across the United States as part of the YUM! Brands legal department.
Some might say that Dian Osbourne is an “extreme recycler” because she uses water from her air conditioning units to water her plants!
Nature.org: Have you always had an interest in conservation?
Dian Osbourne: Not always. I grew up on a farm, so was always involved with making a living from the farm. I never really appreciated the farm life until I had a child of my own and was able to show her the peace and quiet of the country.
Nature.org: How did your career path lead to working with The Nature Conservancy?
Dian Osbourne: I worked for years in the same legal office as one of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s most active volunteers, Vicki Brooks. Vicki also served as an outside legal counsel for Yum! Brands. When YUM decided to move their Lexington office to Louisville, I decided to remain in Lexington and look for a new job. Vicki knew about an opening in the Conservancy’s Protection area that might make use of my real estate knowledge. She made the connection and here I am!
Nature.org: What projects have your focus these days?
Dian Osbourne: I’m working on several acquisitions that the Conservancy is in the process of finalizing. I’m also assisting the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Lexington staff with purchasing easements through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program, which includes reviewing title commitments and putting together packages for review by NRCS counsel.
Nature.org: What do you hope to tackle in the long-term?
Dian Osbourne: I hope to tackle land protection in Eastern Kentucky. One of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s goals is to focus in on protecting large blocks on forests in Eastern KY, an area where protection work is costly due to the value of minerals under the surface. I hope to make successfully protecting land in this part of the state a reality.