Friday, February 1, 2013

Land Trust honors former board member

Liz Mitchell given Foundersí Award

Express Staff Writer

Liz Mitchell

    Hailey-based conservation organization the Wood River Land Trust honored former board member and resident Liz Mitchell late last year with its most prestigious award.
    The trust awarded Mitchell the Founders’ Award, which is traditionally given to people who have advanced the mission of the Wood River Land Trust and demonstrated a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting open space.
    Mitchell was given the award after stepping down from the trust’s board of directors in October. She and her husband have since moved to Seattle.
    “I am honored to be considered among the people who have made a lasting contribution to the success of the organization,” she said.
    Mitchell, a public interest attorney with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, joined the organization’s board in 2005.

“Having access to the wild and beautiful places in and around our valley enriches all of our lives.”
Liz Mitchell

    “It seemed only natural to join the Wood River Land Trust because it’s a vital part of community-based efforts to preserve open space and wildlife habitat,” she said. “Having access to the wild and beautiful places in and around our valley enriches all of our lives.”
    Mitchell served on the board’s governance committee and oversaw the organization’s accreditation process with the Land Trust Alliance, which was finalized in 2010.
    Executive Director Scott Boettger said Mitchell was a great asset to the land trust and its board.
    “Liz’s legal expertise and dedication to the conservation mission of [our organization] was a true bonus to our efforts during the past seven years,” he said. “She went above and beyond in her service [and] the Wood River Land Trust is a better and more professional organization thanks to her.”
    The Wood River Land Trust also recently elected two new members to its board: Richard Carr of Trout Unlimited and Rick Davis, former mayor of Hailey and current marketing director for Sun Valley Title.

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