May 29, 2012
Natural Heritage Land Trust
Jim Welsh has been Executive Director of Natural Heritage Land Trust in Madison, Wisconsin since 2003. He leads the Land Trust’s work to conserve farm land, wildlife habitat, and recreation areas in Dane County and the surrounding area. Since Jim became executive director of Natural Heritage Land Trust, the trust has more than doubled the amount of land it has protected.
Jim has devoted his professional career to land conservation and has worked in Wisconsin, California, Michigan, and Washington, DC with leading conservation groups such as The Nature Conservancy. Jim is a member of the Collaboration Council, a regional economic development group that seeks to grow the Capital Region’s economy in ways that preserve and enhance the quality of life. He serves on the Dane County Zoning & Land Regulation Farmland Preservation Plan Subcommittee and the Dane County Task Force for the Prioritized Revision of Chapter 10 Zoning Ordinance. Jim has master’s degrees in ecological restoration from the University of Wisconsin and natural resources policy from the University of Michigan.