Finding Balance between the Environment and the Economy
Focus for new Nature Conservancy SW Wyoming Program Director
Lander, Wyoming | May 24, 2013
The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce Jennifer Lamb as its new Southwest Wyoming Program Director. In this post, Lamb will focus on working with local communities and partners to promote conservation in the region.
Lamb approaches the position with a belief that lasting conservation occurs when there is balance between the economy and the environment. “Our economic health and our natural resources are intertwined,” says Jennifer Lamb. “We need to value nature through the lens of all kinds of people to have a real impact.”
Lamb learned that lesson first-hand while working at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a non-profit school that depends on access to healthy public lands and open spaces to remain viable. As the school’s Public Policy Director, she helped bring a variety of groups to the table to find balanced solutions to land use issues. One example involved collaboration among U.S. Forest Service officials, lawmakers, the minerals industry, the conservation community, recreationists and the tourism industry to determine appropriate boundaries in the Wyoming Range that would support ongoing oil and gas development while ensuring public access to wild and beautiful places.
“Different groups wanted different things out of the same acre of land,” remarks Lamb. “There were some difficult discussions and obstacles to overcome, but we were successful in finding that balance.”
Maintaining access to high-quality outdoor classrooms for NOLS was a focal point for the avid cyclist. The school – a significant economic engine in Fremont County – often found itself working to raise awareness of the importance of Wyoming’s landscapes to sustaining a diverse economy and partnering with the many Wyoming businesses that rely on healthy public lands for their bottom line.
Lamb’s strength in community conservation benefits people and nature. “We’re thrilled to have Jennifer on board,” says Andrea Erickson Quiroz, the Conservancy in Wyoming’s state director. “The way she has worked to balance natural resources and the economy is the future of conservation. Her knowledge, passion and ability to engage people are true assets.”
Among Lamb’s priorities for her new role is promoting the sustainability of water resources in the region and building new partnerships. But first, Lamb plans to get out on the land and meet people.
Lamb graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Economics. She received a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Yale.
Lamb and her family live in Lander.
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.