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Westchester Land Trust Names New Executive Director

Lori Ensinger has been named the new President of the Westchester Land Trust.
Lori Ensinger has been named the new President of the Westchester Land Trust. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Katonah resident Lori Ensinger has been named the new president of the Westchester Land Trust.

Candace Schafer, the organization’s executive director since 2010, has stepped down to take a post on the Board of Directors.

Prior to accepting her new post, Ensinger was a member of the Board of Directors of the WLT from 2004 through 2013, and served as chair of both the organization’s Investment Committee as well as its Governance and Nominating Committee.

She was also a past chair of the Board of Directors of Teatown Lake Reservation, and a co-founder of the Community Land Trust of New Castle.

In addition to her nonprofit work and commitment to the environment and conservation issues, Ensinger has a strong background in finance having worked as an investment manager for the past 30 years.

“Lori is the perfect person to lead the Westchester Land Trust during the next phase of our conservation efforts as we continue to identify and preserve important parcels of land, as well as steward those properties that we have already protected to ensure that the public has access and the opportunity to engage with the land," said Chairman Jonathan Wiesner.

The WLT was founded in 1988 by a group of residents of Lewisboro and Bedford who were concerned about the increasing pace of development in their towns, and who wanted to take action to protect environmentally-important open space and the character of their communities.

Today the WLT has grown into a regional organization, having preserved approximately 7,500 acres of land in 28 communities in Westchester and Eastern Putnam Counties.

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