The Nature Conservancy’s Massachusetts State Director Wayne Klockner with 2018 AmeriCorps Fellow Galen Laurence at a bird walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Massachusetts: The Nature Conservancy’s Massachusetts State Director Wayne Klockner with 2018 AmeriCorps Fellow Galen Laurence at a bird walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. © The Nature Conservancy (James Miller)


The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts State Director Wayne Klockner to Retire in 2020

After leading TNC’s Massachusetts chapter for 20 years, Mr. Klockner will retire in February.

Boston, MA

  • James Miller
    Associate Director of Communications
    The Nature Conservancy

After 38 years with The Nature Conservancy, TNC in Massachusetts State Director Wayne Klockner is retiring, effective February 2020. A lifetime lover of nature, Klockner led a period of great transformation at TNC in Massachusetts. Its marine and freshwater conservation programs were established under his leadership, as was a dedicated policy advocacy program.

“Wayne has been a true leader and visionary at the Massachusetts chapter of TNC,” said Tom Jones, outgoing chairman of the Board of Trustees for TNC in Massachusetts. “His leadership has transformed the conservation landscape in Massachusetts, and each of us in the Commonwealth is a direct beneficiary of his hard work and dedication to conserve and protect our precious lands and waters.”

Incoming Board Chairman Jim Richardson said: “Wayne has not only built a tremendous conservation legacy; he also leaves TNC in a position of great strength. We plan to make him proud by carrying his good work forward.”

Klockner announced his plans to retire to TNC’s Massachusetts Board of Trustees at the beginning of 2019 and to staff before that.

Before joining the Massachusetts chapter in 1999, Klockner served with TNC in many eastern U.S. states, at TNC’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and in Indonesia.

“It’s always been the people who have kept me going,” Klockner said. “I am going to miss tremendously the day-to-day work with staff, trustees, supporters and partners.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished; more than that, I’m grateful,” Klockner said. “The challenges of conservation are deep, but I have an equally deep conviction that we are up to the task and that the future looks bright.”

During Klockner’s tenure, TNC’s involvement in marine fisheries has helped bring together commercial fishermen, regulators and the environmental community to conserve fish stocks.

TNC’s Massachusetts fisheries and aquaculture strategies are now at the forefront of regional and global work to ensure we can feed our growing population while supporting ecosystems and communities.

In the last 20 years, TNC has also protected over 13,000 acres of land in Massachusetts for people, animals and plants; helped normalize dam removals to benefit migratory fish and make communities safer; advanced critical state and federal policies and funding for conservation; and helped integrate the positive role nature itself can play in efforts to fight and adapt to climate change.

In retirement, Klockner plans to continue a life-long passion for birding and also to re-learn how to fly fish. He says he hopes to do more cooking and looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and two grown children.

Recruitment for the next Massachusetts TNC state director has begun. For more information, please visit

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