About the Lake Champlain Land Trust
Protecting water quality. Preserving public access. Conserving scenic beauty. Saving biodiversity.
The mission of the Lake Champlain Land Trust is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain by permanently preserving significant islands, shoreline areas, and natural communities in the Champlain Region.
Chris Boget, Executive Director
Chris has more than twenty years of experience in land conservation, including positions with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Vermont Land Trust, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Chris previously worked for the land trust as Director of Land Protection and Assistant Director and has extensive experience with landowner outreach and education.
He attained a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Planning from the University of Vermont. His thesis used GIS models to compare methods of prioritizing of the most important conservation parcels in Rutland County Vermont. Chris holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary.
Leah Tansey, Operations and Volunteer Coordinator
Born and raised in Vermont, Leah received a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Leah’s professional experience includes work in the areas of environmental sustainability, field research, advocacy and outreach. Leah is a native of Vermont but has lived for extensive periods in Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, and China.
As a naturalist, Leah enjoys spending most of her time outdoors. She volunteers for a raptor rehabilitation facility, feeding birds that are recovering from injury or cannot return to the wild. Leah hopes to discover a new bird species on her families land in the island of Cebu in the Philippines.
Katy Lord, Intern
Katy received a bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Ecology from the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in December 2011. In 2012, she had the pleasure of visiting the breathtakingly high Andean wetlands in Peru, which has peaked her interest in furthering her knowledge of the ecological value of the world's wetlands. Through interning at the Lake Champlain Land Trust, she hopes to gain practical experience toward a career in land conservation. In her spare time, Katy enjoys visiting Vermont beaver ponds, hiking, traveling, painting, seeing live music, and playing with her beautiful blue-nose pit bull, Cherice.
Holly Crawford, Secretary
Don Kinneston, Vice Chair
Beth Montuori Rowles, Chair
Becky Wang, Treasurer
The land we conserve must meet rigorous criteria. Additionally, our board members must sign a Conflict of Interest statement each year to assure that they, their family members, and the people they work for, will not gain personally from any Land Trust action they are called to pass judgment on.
For more information on Land Protection and Different Methods of Conserving Land