Hocker named to Wilderness Land Trust board | PostIndependent.com

Hocker named to Wilderness Land Trust board

The Carbondale-based Wilderness Land Trust has added Jean Hocker, a nationally-recognized expert in land conservation, to its board of directors, President Reid Haughey announced.

Hocker, a consultant from Alexandria, Va., was president and CEO of the national Land Trust Alliance from 1987 to 2002. Land trusts worked together to create shared ethics, expectations and tools during her tenure.

Hocker’s expertise includes issues related to inholdings, or privately owned pockets of property within protected lands.

“That experience goes right to the heart of what we do here at The Wilderness Land Trust,” Haughey said. “We couldn’t ask for a better qualified board candidate.”

The Wilderness Land Trust’s goals for 2010 include protecting wilderness through completing ongoing projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho and Nevada. Possible purchases are prioritized by vulnerability to development and their capacity to complete a wilderness area.

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