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Leadership in Trying Times


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"Conservation is one form of respect for the world of which we are a part and an expression of reciprocity for all we receive from the natural world."

Roger Milliken, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

"In my life as a forest manager, conservationist and leader of wilderness rites of passage, the central question has always been: What constitutes the right relationship between us and Earth?" says Roger Milliken, Jr., the new chairman of The Nature Conservancys' board of directors.

"Conservation is one form of respect for the world of which we are a part and an expression of reciprocity for all we receive from the natural world." 

As president and CEO of the Baskahegan Company and a member of the Maine chapter’s board of trustees for more than 10 years, Milliken has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy to preserving and strengthening this reciprocity. Now, he is taking the helm of the organization’s national board of directors at a critical time in the Conservancy’s history.

Building a Sustainable Future

"With the Conservancy's global perspective and local presence in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries, the organization is well positioned to tackle global threats, like climate change, and help protect the natural systems around the world that sustain all life," says Roger Milliken. "I look forward to working in this new role with the board and staff of the Conservancy and our many partners and supporters to help build a sustainable planet."

"Given his passion for conservation, his depth of knowledge and drive for action, Roger will be an outstanding board chairman,” said Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.  "Through his leadership and involvement over the years with the Conservancy, he already has made a significant mark on the organization.  I look forward to working with Roger in his new role."

Experience Rooted in Nature

In 1983, Milliken joined the Baskahegan Company, a recognized leader in Maine's forest product industry, and became president in 1989. Known for its commitment to managing for timber while respecting the dynamics of natural systems, Baskahegan owns and manages more than 100,000 acres of forestland in eastern Maine, and has been certified as Well-Managed by the Forest Stewardship Council since 2004. 

In addition to his work with the Conservancy, Milliken chairs the Advisory Board of the Manomet Forest Conservation Program and is an advisor to the Open Space Institute’s Northern Forest Protection Fund.  He is a former president of the Maine Forest Products Council, and served on the board of the Land for Maine’s Future program for nine years.  He is a Director of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, a private company focusing on sustainable investment opportunities in the real estate, energy and natural resource sectors.

In his home state of Maine, Milliken’s favorite places are those with a vibrant forest and a deep stillness. But when asked what gives him hope in challenging times, he brings it right back to people: “A great source of hope for me is the many people of goodwill who look deeply into their own motivations, connect with that which is larger than us and work for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

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