LAKE PLACID, NY — The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) is pleased to announce the hiring of its newest staff member, Carolyn Koestner. Carolyn joins the organization as the Strategic Conservation Planner where she will be using her expertise in Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and mapping to identify priority areas for conservation in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds.
 
Carolyn’s work aims to drive land protection efforts in the Adirondacks while generating collaborative opportunities with other local conservation groups. She will utilize her GIS and analytical skills to research and evaluate the potential land may possess for offering conservation features such as wildlife habitat and movement opportunities, water quality protection, recreation, and intact forests.
 
Carolyn earned her B.A. in Environmental Science from Skidmore College and her Certificate in GIS from Pace University. In addition to her education, she previously served in a variety of conservation and GIS positions, including assessing culverts to identify barriers to wildlife passage, teaching environmental education in NYC, serving as a GIS laboratory assistant, and, most recently, working with the DEC on source water protection across New York.
 
“We feel very fortunate to have found someone with Carolyn’s experience and creativity to lead this new project,” shares Kerry Crowningshield, LPLC’s Executive Director. “She brings a unique perspective to this work that will provide critical insight into future land protection projects the Conservancy seeks and completes in the future.”
 
Though not originally from the Adirondacks, Carolyn has quickly grown to love the area and is excited to focus her work on protecting the Adirondacks and spend her free time continuing to explore this magnificent park. “I am delighted to be joining the LPLC team and to be able to use my skills and experience to further conservation efforts in the Adirondacks.”
 
The Lake Placid Land Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit land trust that partners with landowners and communities in the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds to conserve important open spaces, viewsheds, wildlife habitats, water resources, and recreational lands that create opportunities for people to enjoy the region’s natural beauty. Their office is located in Lake Placid and they protect lands in Keene, Wilmington, Jay, and Lake Placid.