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Welcome John Torgan!

Our New Director of Ocean and Coastal Conservation

A lifetime of ocean and coastal experience brings leadership to the Conservancy.

John Torgan, a trusted voice for Rhode Island's waters.

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to welcome John Torgan as Director of Ocean and Coastal Conservation at the Rhode Island chapter. A leading environmental advocate and trusted voice for Rhode Island’s waters, John has served as Narragansett Baykeeper for Save The Bay for more than 18 years.

A native Rhode Islander, Torgan has spent most of his life on or near the water. He grew up spending summers on the South County coast, working on charter fishing boats and on Block Island. He earned an undergraduate degree in environmental studies/biology at Union College in New York. Before returning to Rhode Island, John worked for Ichthyological Associates, a consulting firm working on rivers in Upstate New York and Michigan.

Torgan joined Save The Bay’s staff in 1993 and became Narragansett Baykeeper in ’94, becoming one of the nation’s first and longest-serving Waterkeepers in what is now a global organization of more than 200 programs. As Baykeeper, John served as the face of Save The Bay on the water and in the community from the local to the national level, advocating for clean water and communicating the importance of Rhode Island’s waters to broad audiences and policy makers.

“John brings a lifetime of ocean and coastal experience to build on The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to clean water and vibrant, healthy coasts,” said Terry Sullivan, State Director of The Nature Conservancy. “We are really excited to have him aboard at this critical time for the ocean’s future.”

As Director of Ocean and Coastal Conservation, John will lead The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore the ecological health of Rhode Island’s waters and to integrate these efforts across the regional ecosystem. 

Read more about the wealth of experience John brings to The Nature Conservancy in The Providence Journal
 

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