Kentucky Board of Trustees

Robert Edmiston

One of Robert Edmiston’s favorite places in the state is Central Kentucky during late autumn when leaves fall off  the trees and more of the topography and wildlife come into focus.

When it comes to conservation, the phrase, “what goes around, comes around” may apply to Robert Edmiston, Vice Chair of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees. At least that is how it felt in October 2013 when he and his wife attended the dedication of the new Dupree Nature Preserve.

“The very land comprising the nature preserve is one of the places where I courted my wife more than thirty years ago,” says Edmiston, who practices law in Ohio but occupies the only office in his building facing Kentucky, where roots run deep. “We enjoyed a wonderful day of hiking and swimming at the property. It holds special memories.” 

Not long after that day in 1980, Edmiston learned about The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky as it opened its doors in the Bluegrass State. He spent many years learning about the organization’s work through a friendship formed with the chapter’s former state director, Jim Aldrich. Edmiston eventually joined the Board of Trustees, serving as Vice Chair since 2010.

“I have enjoyed watching The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky mushroom over the years,” adds Edmiston. “However, everything pales in comparison to what the chapter accomplished in the last six months of 2013 – acquiring so many acres in the Big Rivers Corridor and opening the new Dupree Nature Preserve. Those are achievements which happened as a result of the chapter’s renewed focus and energy. I am excited to be a part of it.”

Edmiston is also glad to be part of anything promoting the outdoors, where he enjoys spending free time.

“Robert is a terrific friend of mine and of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky,” says Jim Aldrich. “I was really touched when he told me about his connection to Polly’s Bend and the Dupree Nature Preserve. It shows his long-term commitment to conservation and to the Palisades, which is why we’re so glad Robert has a leadership position on our Board of Trustees.”

Robert Edmiston is Counsel at Cors & Bassett, Attorneys at Law, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining the firm in February 2005, Robert was a partner with Katz, Greenberger & Norton LLP, where he practiced for 18 years before establishing his solo practice in 2001. He received his Juris Doctor in 1981 and his B.A. with high distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Kentucky in 1977. Robert is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, State of Ohio, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Western Division), and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Robert also serves on the boards of the Beechwood Educational Foundation, the Turner Farm Preservation Foundation, the Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and the Meshewa Farm Foundation.