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Peter Stein Receives Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award

October 15, 2012 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.


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Forest and Rural Lands Conservationist Peter Stein Receives Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Peter Stein of Norwich, VT, was announced as the winner of the Land Trust Alliance’s prestigious Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award. Stein was selected for the award for his vision and dedication to land conservation, which have resulted in extraordinary gains for the land trust movement. Stein’s commitment to working closely with individual communities developing strategic and viable conservation plans has produced remarkable benefits for both people and conservation.

Stein is the seventh recipient of this honor awarded by the Land Trust Alliance to recognize outstanding leadership, innovation and creativity in land conservation.

Stein was also named to serve in the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for 2012-2013. In his role in this fellowship, named after Boston attorney Kingsbury Browne (1922-2005), Stein will engage in research, writing and mentoring with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a Cambridge-based think-tank with a focus on land policy. He will serve in their Department of Planning and Urban Form.

Both awards were presented in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Land Trust Alliance’s Rally 2012: The National Land Conservation Conference, the largest annual gathering of professional and volunteer conservation leaders in the U.S.

In his acceptance remarks, Stein said, “I’ve been inspired by Kingsbury over the years and I’m very pleased to join the company of past award recipients, all of whom I know quite well as personal friends and professional colleagues.”

He added, “The most durable and major accomplishment in the environmental movement in this country over the last 20 years has been the land trust movement. We have engaged communities who care about places, and it is land trusts that translate those engaged communities into both land conservation action and political action.”

When presenting the award, Michael Dowling, Land Trust Alliance chairman of the board, said, “Peter has dedicated his professional career and a great deal of his personal time to thoughtful, intelligent land stewardship. His leadership has contributed to both the nonprofit and the corporate worlds and, through honorable work on both sides of the fence, Peter has helped demonstrate that development can be both profitable and sustainable.”

About Mr. Stein

Peter joined The Lyme Timber Company in 1990 and provides leadership in the development and structuring of conservation-oriented forestland and rural land purchases and dispositions. Peter also manages the Company’s conservation advisory business.

Prior to joining The Lyme Timber Company, Peter was senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land. Peter lectures extensively at graduate schools and professional conferences on conservation investment schemes and strategies. He is a member of the boards of the National Alliance of Forestland Owners, the Forest History Society and the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. In addition, he is a former board chair of the Land Trust Alliance, served as a founding commissioner of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of Rose Smart Growth Real Estate Fund No. 1. Peter earned a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1975, was a Loeb Fellow and received a Certificate in Advanced Environmental Studies from Harvard University in 1981.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy began the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship in association with the Land Trust Alliance, offering its first Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award in 2006. Winners are chosen from a group of their peers, honoring lifetime contributions to the field of land conservation and work reflecting the values that Kingsbury Browne brought to his own seminal achievements.

The fellowship has previously been awarded to Audrey C. Rust, President Emeritus, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Jay Espy, former president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and current executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Jamie Williams, former director of The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Rockies Initiative and current president and CEO of The Wilderness Society; Laurie A. Wayburn, co-founder of the Pacific Forest Trust; Mark Ackelson, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; and Darby Bradley, former president of the Vermont Land Trust and current special assistant for donor and government relations.

About The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a leading resource for key issues concerning the use, regulation and taxation of land. Providing high quality education and research, the Institute strives to improve public dialogue and decisions about land policy. Visit

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected. Second, we enhance the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices. Visit


Photo caption: Land Trust Alliance Board Chairman Michael Dowling (L) with Peter Stein (R) receiving the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award at Rally 2012.

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