After a competitive search, The Nature Conservancy in Nevada (TNC) has recently named Peter Gower as its new Strategy Director of Energy, Infrastructure and Land Use. Gower begins his work with the chapter on January 24 and will be based in Reno.
Gower’s collaborative, solutions-oriented approach, expertise in renewable energy and infrastructure and nearly two decades of experience working in Nevada made him a standout choice for the role. A native Nevadan, Gower has worked with diverse stakeholders on energy, land use and infrastructure issues nationally and throughout the state. His work to address natural resource conservation and climate change includes preparing environmental impact analyses, sustainability studies and resource management plans. Gower is an active community leader and advocate who serves on the Reno Planning Commission and Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Commission. He also previously served as the president and a board member for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.
"Our chapter and I are thrilled to welcome Peter to our team,” said Mauricia Baca, Nevada State Director for The Nature Conservancy. “Energy, infrastructure and land use are challenges that also present great conservation opportunities for our state. Nevada will play a big role in how we rise to meet the climate crisis and we are grateful to have Peter leading us in this important area.”
The Nature Conservancy has been working in Nevada for 38 years and its work in the state is focused on three initiatives: Resilient Lands, Resilient Waters and Climate Action. The goal of the chapter’s Energy, Infrastructure and Land Use Strategy is to aim for land use change that incorporates “smart from the start” principles in planning, policy and practice and benefits people and the economy while protecting Nevada’s nature.
TNC’s conservation accomplishments in Nevada include helping to establish both the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, restoring 11 miles of the Truckee River, and guiding restoration efforts to support sage-grouse and Nevada’s economy.
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