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Tim Abbott, Regional Conservation & Greenprint Director
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Tim 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 is Regional Land Conservation Director with the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and has directed the Greenprint at HVA since 2006. Under his leadership, 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. Tim also lead the team that earned HVA first-time accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in 2014. He is on the RCP Network Steering Committee representing Connecticut's Regional Conservation partnerships. He administers the Connecticut State Committee of the Highlands Coalition and is a past chair of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council. He serves on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Natural Heritage, Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Review Board and the State Forestry Committee that vets and proposes Forest Legacy projects. Tim holds an MA from Clark University in International Development (recipient of a J. William Fulbright Fellowship to Namibia in 1996) and a BA in English from Haverford College (1990).
Connie Manes, Greenprint Manager
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Connie Manes is the part-time manager of the Greenprint Collaborative, as well as part-time Executive Director of Kent Land Trust: one of the first in the state to achieve Land Trust Accreditation in 2010. In addition, she is the Principal of Manes Consulting, LLC, working with conservation nonprofits throughout the Northeast. In 2012 she pioneered the circuit rider program for the Land Trust Alliance, and in that capacity works with nonprofits in Connecticut to successfully achieve first time accreditation and renewal. A graduate of William College, Connie earned her JD from New York University School of Law (1996) where she specialized in family law, child welfare law and nonprofit law and management, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pace University (2008). She and Kent Land Trust Board Chair Bill Arnold received HVA's 2010 Eliot Wadsworth Greenprint Award in recognition of Kent Land Trust's "first in the Greenprint" land trust Accreditation. Connie is a member of the Steering Committee of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) and chairs its Training and Education Committee. She is also the chair of the Town of Kent Conservation Commission and serves a secretary on the Board of the New Milford's Center for the Arts.
Ryan Williams, GIS & Conservation Projects Manager
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Ryan joined HVA in the spring of 2014 as a technician conducting stream habitat continuity surveys. In 2011 he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont with a self-designed concentration in “Conservation through Sense of Place.” A native of the Housatonic Valley, he has returned home, holding positions with local conservation organizations including The Trustees of Reservations and Aton Forest. Ryan currently serves as the coordinator for the Sandy Brook Conservation Corridor Regional Conservation Partnership and is acting secretary for Aton Forest. He now manages many of HVA’s land and water projects, working closely with HVA Water Protection and Greenprint staff. He also provides GIS services for the Greenprint.