Holman Named North Carolina State Director for The Conservation Fund
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bill Holman
Phone: (919) 613-8737
Leadership Will Advance Land and Water Conservation across the State
CHAPEL HILL, NC -- The Conservation Fund has named Bill Holman as director of its North Carolina office, effective January 2, 2013. Holman will step down as director of State Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions to join the Fund.
“I have had a passion for conservation since family and Boy Scout camping trips to the Outer Banks, Great Smokies, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Raven Knob,” Holman said. “Land and water conservation is critical to North Carolina’s economy and environment. I’m excited about the opportunity to apply the knowledge that I’ve acquired at Duke University to help The Conservation Fund and its many partners sustain North Carolina’s economy and conserve its natural resources.”
Holman will lead the Fund’s efforts to advance land and water conservation across North Carolina. Over the past 28 years, the Fund has conserved more than 200,000 acres in the state, protecting icons such as Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock state parks, DuPont State Forest, Lake Logan, Palmetto Peartree Preserve and Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Much of this work has been led by Senior Associate Dick Ludington, whose real estate efforts at the Fund continue. The organization’s work in North Carolina also includes long-standing community and economic development efforts.
“Bill has been a champion for conservation across North Carolina, and we’re thrilled that he’s joining The Conservation Fund as it works with willing sellers to protect land and pursues conservation-oriented economic development,” said R. Michael Leonard, vice chairman of The Board of Directors of The Conservation Fund and an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. The Conservation Fund President and CEO Larry Selzer added, “Bill’s breadth of experience, creative approach to integrating environmental and economic goals, and ability to work with people from every sector make him an ideal leader for our North Carolina work in the years ahead.”
At Duke, Holman collaborated with the City of Raleigh and local land trusts on their innovative Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, where the city’s water customers conserve important lands in the Falls Lake watershed. Holman previously served as Governor Jim Hunt’s secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and as executive director of the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
“Bill has been an invaluable member of the Nicholas Institute family from the beginning, and he has helped build the Institute into a trusted resource in the state energy and environmental debates,” said Tim Profeta, Director of Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. “We will miss Bill’s infectious enthusiasm and tremendous wisdom on a daily basis, but know that he will remain part of our work and conversations from his new role.”
A top-ranked national nonprofit, The Conservation Fund combines a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit, understanding that lasting conservation solutions must make environmental and economic sense. Since 1985, the Fund has helped community, government and business leaders protect more than seven million acres of high-priority conservation lands nationwide, including wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, community green space and historic sites.
Many of The Conservation Fund’s national programs are based in Chapel Hill, including the Natural Capital Investment Fund, Resourceful Communities, Shade Fund, and Strategic Conservation. The NC office is the Fund’s largest office outside of its Arlington, VA headquarters.