Nancy Williams Hired as Executive Director of SWT

Nancy Williams of Waterville, Maine has been hired as the Executive Director of the Somerset Woods Trustees. Her background includes land planning, conservation, and land acquisition as well as experience in historic preservation.

Jack Gibson, President of the Trustees, said "Nina Pleasants, our previous Executive Director, did a fabulous job for us. All of the trustees will miss her. Nancy brings years of experience in land conservation that will assist us in conserving some of our most important land assets across Somerset County. We are very fortunate to have hired someone of her caliber. She will be a wonderful asset to SWT and Somerset County."

Nancy had retired after nearly ten years as the Executive Director of Lake George Land Conservancy in the Adirondacks of New York. During her tenure the conservancy purchased thousands of acres of land in the Lake George watershed and committed to many projects to enhance the local communities. "I loved every minute of working at Lake George. If I had to pick my favorite two projects it would be the creation of a 1000-acre nature preserve and the creation of a 2-acre friendship garden on the lake. I had thought I had retired but the opportunity to work with the trustees of SWT was just too tempting to miss."

Nancy had also worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in both wetlands and land acquisition and in Vermont as the Executive Director of Preservation Burlington. She was born in Savannah, Georgia and holds B.S. in chemical engineering. She is renovating the 1883 Moses Coburn Foster house in Waterville.

The mission of the Somerset Woods Trustees (SWT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to protect lands in Somerset County, Maine, that have significant natural or cultural resources and manage them in a sustainable way for public benefit. SWT owns 27 properties comprising about 929 acres in Somerset County, Maine, conserving forestland, fields, wetlands, wildlife habitat, shorelines, and scenic and cultural resources. The properties are located in Canaan, Cornville, Madison, Embden, Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Starks. Fifteen of these properties have frontage on the Kennebec River or a major tributary. SWT also holds conservation easements on eight properties totaling about 643 acres. Please see SWT’s webpage, www.somersetwoodstrustees.org for maps of properties available for hiking and other public uses. Please contact Nancy at somersetwoodstrustees@gmail.com.