The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico today announced the election of John Massopust, of Santa Fe, to its Board of Trustees. A partner with the Minneapolis-based national litigation law firm of Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel & Mason, Massopust moved to New Mexico from Minneapolis in 2006 in part to return to life in the Rocky Mountains, which became dear to him when he was a student at The Colorado College.
“We’re excited to welcome John to our board. He brings to us a wonderful combination of enthusiasm, experiences and expertise, which will be great assets to the Conservancy,” says Terry Sullivan, the Conservancy’s state director in New Mexico. “Trustees fulfill several important roles providing volunteer leadership that helps us protect the important landscapes and waterways in the state. As well, their ambassadorial role in educating their networks about our work in the state and abroad is instrumental in assisting us in establishing effective partnerships, which help move our conservation initiatives forward.”
Massopust has extensive litigation experience and his practice areas include antitrust, insurance, landowner rights and appellate advocacy. He recently concluded a decade-long commitment to an international client that required representation in a range of matters arising out of the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Massopust’s work ethic parallels his passion for nature and he treasures his lifetime of outdoor experiences including a 500-mile canoe trip from Pickle Lake, Ontario to Hudson Bay in Canada and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. His enthusiasm for fly fishing led him to purchase a ranch in the spectacular Patagonia frontier of Chile.
The Conservancy’s work in New Mexico, across the country, and internationally in places like Chile, inspires Massopust. “New Mexico has made great strides in protecting water resources, preserving landscapes, and restoring forests,” says Massopust. “Now I’m learning about the amazing work the organization is doing in Chile with a new nature sanctuary that’s protecting Mediterranean habitat. I’m thrilled to be a part of this organization and look forward to doing my part to help the Conservancy fulfill its mission.”
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.