Our January Speakers: Amy Claymore Paterson, Tim Abbott, and Richard Heys

richard-heys-tim-abbott-photo-1-5-17The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes three experts on the subject of Land Conservation in the Litchfield Area to speak about their own experiences at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, January 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, works with the CLCC Steering Committee to provide the Connecticut conservation community — including its 137+ land trusts — with technical assistance, training and advocacy for land conservation across the state. She previously served as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, overseeing several complex conservation transactions, and worked as an attorney, concentrating on land preservation and environmental protection. She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Denver. In recognition of her years of work in conservation, Amy was awarded the 2014 Women Inspiring Conservation in Connecticut Award, sponsored by The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Farm Service Agency and the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts. An avid trail runner, when Amy isn’t helping to conserve land, she’s outside enjoying it.

Tim Abbott has been the Director of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint since 2006 and an employee of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) since 2008 when the Greenprint became a regional conservation partnership. During his tenure, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative has facilitated more than 3,300 acres of protected land and leveraged more than $10,800,000 in public and private funding for these projects. He has been a conservation leader in New England since 1998, with prior positions as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s three state Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program and as a Program Director with the Trust For Public Land in Connecticut. He holds an MA from Clark University in International Development and a BA in English from Haverford College.

Richard Heys, President of the Litchfield Land Trust, has always liked the out-of-doors but was especially moved to appreciate humans’ place as part of the natural world by his backpacking experiences in the Sierra Nevada while living in California. It was only after retiring from a career in science (he has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University and worked in pharmaceutical research) and moving to northwestern Connecticut that he had a real opportunity to act on his feelings about the importance of land preservation. He joined the board of the Litchfield Land Trust in 2011 and has served as president since 2015.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.