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The Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC) has announced their new Executive Director, Wendy McDermott who will assume her role in July. McDermott was chosen from a pool of thirty applicants reflecting a strong interest in the mission of the Conservancy.

“She is a lifelong conservationist and has dedicated her career to the protection of lands and waters,” CCC’s Watershed Restoration Specialist Buffy Lenth said. “She understands the many values of private lands conservation and the art of working with landowners. She is quick to laugh and easy to get along with.”

Wendy McDermott, Executive Director at Central Colorado Conservancy. Courtesy photo via LinkedIn

McDermott was raised in Cañon City, and her family has been in Colorado for three generations. She has a deep knowledge of the valley and the challenges of rapid growth, drought and climate change. She has experience working with ranchers, water conservancy districts, conservation organizations and policy makers. Her recent experience includes several years as Pacific Northwest Director at American Rivers in Washington State.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such talented staff and a dedicated board of directors,” said McDermott. “The decisions we, as a community, make today about the future of our agricultural lands and open spaces and the health of our rivers and streams will have profound impacts on our children and grandchildren.”

In their press release, CCC thanked Rob Tallmadge for his leadership as Interim Executive Director since January. Once McDermott is on board, Talmadge plans to resume his role as Board President but will continue to provide additional support to McDermott.

“I’m super excited to have Wendy coming on board to lead the Conservancy,” said Tallmadge. “With her passion for conservation; her extraordinary financial, grant writing and fundraising skills; and her natural ability to collaborate with people and organizations from local to national levels, Wendy will be a wonderful asset for the Conservancy.”

An outdoor “Coffee with the Conservancy” event is planned in the near future to allow the community to meet McDermott and get updates about conservation and restoration work happening in the area.