Nancy is the Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
Nancy Sferra: Nancy is the Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Maine. © Phoebe Parker

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Nancy Sferra

Director of Land Management, Maine


  • Areas of Expertise

    Fire management, terrestrial and wetland restoration, recreational management, invasive species


Nancy oversees land management activities and legal compliance monitoring work in Maine. This includes ecological and recreational management on our fee lands and ensuring all monitoring is completed and issues addressed for our conservation easements and restricted transfers and tradelands. In addition, she oversees protection projects that are additions to preserves and coordinates our preserve transfer work.

She implements restoration projects including the application of fire to manage sandplain grasslands and pine barrens; invasive species management; and restoration of wetlands impacted by former land use practices.

Her past professional work includes coordinating field research on soil invertebrates for Michigan State University and conducting field research and ecological monitoring for Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology, both from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Kuehne, C., J. Puhlick, A. Weiskittel, A. Cutko, D. Cameron, N. Sferra, and J. Schlawin. 2018. Metrics for comparing stand structure and dynamics between Ecological reserves and managed forest of Maine, USA. Ecology.

Jennings, D.T. and N.J. Sferra.  2002.  An arthropod predator-prey-kleptoparasite association.  Northeastern Naturalist 9(3): 325-330.

Wells, J.V., R.G. Dearborn, D.F. Mairs, E.R. Hoebeke, N. Sferra, E.C. Roux, P.D. Vickery, and M.A. Roberts.  1997.  A preliminary list of the insects of the Kennebunk Plains, Maine.  Pp. 251-260 in P.D. Vickery and P.W. Dunwiddie, eds.  Grasslands of Northeastern North America, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, MA.

Sferra, N.J. and D.E. Ewert.  1994.  Karner blue butterfly research and management in Michigan.  Pp. 195-200 in D.A. Andow, R.J. Baker, C.P. Lane, eds.  Karner Blue Butterfly: A Symbol of a Vanishing Landscape. Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Miscellaneous Pub.  84-1994.

Dunwiddie, P.W. and N.J. Sferra.  1991.  Loss of rare butterfly and plant species in coastal grasslands.  Natural Areas Journal 11(2): 199-120.

Sferra, N.J. 1986.  First record of Pterodontia flavipes (Diptera: Acroceridae) larvae in the mites Podothrobium (Acari: Trombidiidae) and Abrolophus (Acari: Erythraeidae). Entomological News 97(3): 121-123.

Sferra, N.J. 1984.  Population densities of diurnal raptors wintering in Madison County, Kentucky.  Transactions of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences 45: 128-131.