Laurie Wayburn Named Third Kingsbury Browne Fellow at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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Co-founder of Pacific Forest Trust is expert on forest management and climate change

Laurie A. Wayburn, co-founder and president of the Pacific Forest Trust, was named to serve in the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

The fellowship, named after Boston attorney and land conservation pioneer Kingsbury Browne (1922-2005), will run for one year beginning this fall It is the third Kingsbury Browne Fellowship awarded by the Lincoln Institute, a think tank based in Cambridge, Mass. The previous fellows were Mark Ackelson of Iowa and Darby Bradley of Vermont.

Wayburn has more than 25 years of experience in the conservation and sustainability fields, and has led state, regional, and national efforts to enact climate change policies that unite conservation and management with market-based incentives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. She is the co-author of America's Private Forests: Status and Stewardship (Island Press 2001), and received both the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Forest Leadership Award.

The Pacific Forest Trust , based in San Francisco, is dedicated to sustaining America's working forests for all the benefits they provide - sustainable wood, water, wildlife and a well-balanced climate. Through financing innovations and pioneering the use of working forest conservation easements, the organization has been instrumental in the protection of millions of acres of forest land.

Kingsbury Browne is credited as one of the founders of America's modern land trust movement, now a network of more than 1500 land trusts operating throughout the US, protecting more than 35 million acres. In 1980, as a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Browne first envisioned this network and convened conservation leaders at the Institute, a gathering that ultimately led to the formation of the Land Trust Alliance, formed in 1982. Today the Land Trust Alliance works to strengthen land conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices, and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats.

The Kingsbury Browne Fellowship is awarded in conjunction with the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award, announced by Land Trust Alliance as part of the program of the National Land Conservation Conference in Pittsburgh September 17-20.

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