The Nature Conservancy Hires New Executive Director

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: General

Dr. Frogard Ryan Will Lead Connecticut Conservation for Nature and for People

NEW HAVEN, CT – Dr. Frogard Ryan doesn’t think of nature as a remote abstraction. Rather, The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut’s new executive director believes in the power of nature in our daily lives to spur conservation, according to a TNC news release.

“We are all part of nature. Our livelihoods and our well-being depend on it,” Ryan said.

Following in the footsteps of a grandfather in her native Germany, Ryan trained as a veterinarian. But after years of working with individual animals, most recently at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Ryan decided to broaden the scale of her work to conserving the grasslands, forests and fresh water that species need to survive in the wild.

Since joining The Nature Conservancy in 2004, Ryan has led large, complex conservation efforts in Colorado, and brings that experience to the Conservancy’s cross-border work in the Connecticut River watershed and along Long Island Sound. By working to improve fish passage one dam at a time and coordinating effort that improve habitat tributary by tributary, The Nature Conservancy can have a dramatic cumulative impact on the landscape.

“We have a wonderful heritage,” Ryan said. “The history of The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut has set the platform for operating at a scale that’s incredibly exciting.”

Ryan has also worked on conservation projects in Argentina and Tanzania, and can draw on her international experience to address New England’s conservation challenges. Working with local people to ensure that conservation meets their needs is as important in the fishing communities of New England as in South America.

“In the end, we as people will make the difference,” Ryan said. “The sky’s the limit.”

The Nature Conservancyis the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 18 million acres in the United States and have helped preserve more than 117 million acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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