A waterfall in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Falls NY A waterfall in the Adirondacks © Charles Gleberman Photography


Adirondacks Chapter of The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Director of Communications & Community Engagement

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce David Conlan as the new Director of Communications and Community Engagement of the Adirondack Chapter.

Conlan comes to The Nature Conservancy with a passion for the Adirondacks and a deep understanding of the need to conserve this unique landscape while ensuring that the communities of the region thrive. He has experience developing and implementing communications campaigns for non-profit and tourism destinations across New York, including the Adirondack region. He most recently served as the Director of Client Services at Adworkshop, an award-winning digital marketing agency based in Lake Placid.

“I look forward to working with colleagues at the Conservancy and our partners in the community to achieve our collective conservation goals,” said Conlan. “The Adirondack Park is an incredible destination and ecosystem for both nature and people and I am honored to be a part of an organization that cares about both.”

Reporting to the Chapter’s Executive Director, Peg Olsen, David will be on point for Chapter communications and will serve as a liaison with communities throughout the Adirondack Park. David will be based out of the Keene Valley office.

“We are thrilled to welcome David to the Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter to fill this important role,” said Peg Olsen, The Adirondack Chapter’s Executive Director. “An essential ingredient to our mission is to foster positive relationships with communities, partner organizations, and our members. Given his impressive background and appreciation for the region, we are confident David will help us reach our goals.”

Conlan also brings a diverse and extensive background as a former international high-altitude mountaineering guide, whitewater kayak instructor, and professional ski patroller. He continues to serve as an instructor for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, a position he has held since 2005. His love of the outdoors continues to unfold while stalking trout on the Ausable River and introducing his two daughters to hiking, skiing, and camping. He holds a bachelor's degree in business education from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a master's in instructional technology from California State University, Chico.

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy has been operating in the Adirondacks since 1971, accomplishing unparalleled land protection (585,000 acres protected to date, including Boreas Ponds, Lake Lila, and Lyon Mountain), establishing innovative stewardship programs (Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program), collaborating with partners (state, county, and local governments, landowners and non-profits), and investing in science to guide its actions (assessing road-stream crossings in the Champlain watershed; assessing the status and resiliency of lake trout in the face of climate change). The Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter will continue to serve as a conservation leader in the Adirondacks and beyond.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.