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Mainspring increases conservation capacity with new staff

Mainspring Conservation Trust has added two new professionals to their team in western North Carolina, increasing the staff of the regional nonprofit to 12.

Emmie Cornell, originally of Chattanooga, Tennessee, joins the land trust as the Lands Conservation Associate, working closely with the director to help with land protection throughout Mainspring’s seven-county service area. A graduate of Berry College in Rome, Georgia, her most recent position was in rural West Virginia, working with the Friends of Blackwater.

North Carolina State University graduate Alex Jump will assist Mainspring’s stewardship program, helping to manage Mainspring’s public properties and other conserved lands. Originally from the Ranger Community in Cherokee County, Alex has spent the last several. years working in Texas and the N.C. piedmont, gaining valuable experience in property management.

“The number of conservation opportunities that we’ve had over the past few years revealed that our staff was stretched too thin to do all that we want to do,” said Jordan Smith, Mainspring executive director. “Our ability to protect important places is greatly multiplied with the addition of two young, energetic and passionate individuals. The residents and visitors of this region will ultimately be the beneficiaries of the increased capacity that Emmie and Alex create for Mainspring.”

Mainspring Conservation Trust is a regional nonprofit that works to conserve the Southern Blue Ridge’s most important forests, farms, waters and cultural heritage places. Learn more at mainspringconserves.org.

 

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