Faces of Conservation

Dian Osbourne

Director of Protection

Originally from Cynthiana, Kentucky, Dian Osbourne has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a paralegal degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy staff in 2003, Dian worked for law firms and corporate legal departments in the Lexington area, where she specialized in real estate titles and closings. Have you always had an interest in conservation?
Dian Osbourne: Not always. I grew up on a farm, and so was involved with making a living from the outdoors. I never really appreciated the farm life until I had a child of my own and was able to show her the peace and quiet of the country. How did your career path lead to working with The Nature Conservancy?
Dian Osbourne: I worked for years in the same legal office as one of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s most active volunteers, Vicki Brooks. When the company relocated their office to Louisville, Vicki brought my attention to an open position in the Conservancy’s protection area that might make use of my real estate knowledge. She made the connection and here I am! What projects have your focus these days?
Dian Osbourne:  My primary focus in buying and selling lands for The Nature Conservancy. Specifically, this involves working with our conservation staff on identifying important, strategic properties that are in need of protection, whether by the Conservancy or by like-minded partners. This work also includes working with landowners to place conservation easements on their own property to prevent future uses that might harm natural habitats. We are doing a lot of this along the Green River and in the Kentucky River Palisades. What do you hope to tackle in the long-term?
Dian Osbourne: I am always working with my colleagues to find new and different funding avenues to pursue land protection projects. I also hope to make more progress on behalf of the Conservancy in eastern Kentucky where land can be costly but there are large blocks of forest are in need of protection.

Get Inspired! Dian Osbourne played a key role in helping conservation buyer, Matt Lloyd, acquire and secure a conservation easement on a property along the Dix River in the Palisades.


Dian Osbourne

Director of Protection


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