The nonprofit Kettle Moraine Land Trust has named Rory Klick as its new Managing Director. Under a newly restructured staffing plan, Ms. Klick becomes the chief staff executive of the organization, succeeding Gregory T. Rajsky, who had served as KMLT’s Executive Director since 2018.
Rory Klick brings more than 35 years’ experience in ecologic restoration and land management, and also has a background in horticulture, landscape architecture and public planning. She has spent many years leading environmental education efforts, from informal nature experiences with children to formal academic teaching at the college level. Her passion is helping people appreciate nature and understand the science of how it works – and appreciate the critical role people must play in caring for nature.
“I have known Rory for a good many years,” said Rajsky, who is leaving Wisconsin to pursue other adventures, “and I can think of no one better suited to carry on the good work of KMLT. I am delighted that she was able to join the team!”
“Rory’s considerable expertise in managing natural areas, along with her deep commitment to conservation, will serve our land trust well,” said Board President David DeAngelis. “All of us on the Board of Directors look forward to working with Rory to increase community engagement, further the restoration and management of our conserved lands, and protect even more land in years to come,” he said.
Rory and her family make their home in Salem, Wisconsin, where they are working to restore their own oak woodland and be good land stewards. Having grown up vacationing in Wisconsin, Rory is amazed at the beauty of the Walworth County landscape, but not surprised. “There is such a wealth of natural beauty in southeastern Wisconsin, and I am so honored to be helping an organization who works to conserve and care for our native landscape.”
The Kettle Moraine Land Trust, originally established in 2000 as the Lauderdale Lakes Conservancy, preserves the natural heritage of Walworth County and its environs through collaborative efforts in land conservancy, resource management, and environmental stewardship. The Trust owns four nature preserves, holds conservation easements on a number of additional properties, and assists Walworth County Parks and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with the management of publicly held natural areas.
The Trust also hosts several community events each year. Volunteers and members of the Kettle Moraine Land Trust help improve wildlife habitat and native ecosystems by working with local landowners and in partnership with organizations and municipalities. For more information visit www.kmlandtrust.org
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