Thursday, February 9, 2012

Holnback Retires from Land Trust; David Perry Interim Head

The Western Virginia Land Trust has announced that Executive Director Roger Holnback (above) has resigned after 10 years with the organization. Assistant Director David Perry (left) will become interim director. Perry is a regular contributor to Valley Business FRONT.

Holnback has been with the land trust since 2001. Under his tenure, the land trust achieved several significant goals, including conservation easements on Carvins Cove Natural Reserve and Mill Mountain Park, as well as shepherding the organization to national accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance in 2011.

“I’ve enjoyed a wonderful 10 1/2 years at the land trust, and it’s time to move on,” says Holnback, 57. “There is a lot I want to do in retirement.” That includes building hiking trails with a local volunteer group, golfing, adding a deck onto his home and finishing restoration of a fiberglass boat in his garage.

“We are accepting Roger’s resignation with regret,” says Board of Trustees President Sandy Light. “He truly cares deeply about our mission of conserving our resources for future generations.”

Perry has been with the land trust since 2006. “Roger has been a wonderful mentor and I’ll miss his passion for saving western Virginia’s beautiful places,” he said.

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