The Nature Conservancy Names New Trustees to Help Guide Its Work in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

The Nature Conservancy announced today that it has added three new members to its Board of Trustees overseeing the organization’s work in Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Kristin Weeks Duncanson of Mapleton, owner and partner of Highland Family Farms, Jay Kim of Minneapolis, partner of Dorsey and Whitney, and Rick Kupchella of Minneapolis, founder and CEO of the Informed Engagement Network, have all been added to TNC’s Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota Board of Trustees.

Peggy Ladner, director of TNC’s MN-ND-SD chapter, said the new trustees would help provide critical guidance and resources to help the chapter achieve its mission of conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

“We’re thrilled to have such talented people joining us who have great ideas, expertise in their respective fields and a passion for making sure that our most significant natural areas continue to benefit people and provide a home for wildlife,” Ladner said.

Impressed by TNC’s work in helping improve the sustainability of agriculture in the United States, Duncanson wants to help the conservation community and producers improve their relationship. “The Nature Conservancy understands how conservation impacts people and knows the good work that farmers and ranchers do.”

Kim said his love for exploring the natural world drew him to TNC. “There’s a lot of beautiful places and I want to make sure people who appreciate them can always experience them.”

Kupchella applauded TNCs increasing efforts to help protect Minnesota’s rivers and lakes and the fact that it works throughout the United States and around the world to advance conservation.

“I’m an absolute believer in The Nature Conservancy’s experience and capacity to get things done but it also is serving an important role in advocacy and policy,” he said.

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 or follow @nature_press on Twitter.