D. Andrew Pitz has been named executive director of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. He was previously the vice president of strategic policy and planning, Natural Lands Trust (NLT). He joined NLT in 1986, where he also served as director of conservation planning.
Cary F. Leptuck, French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust board chair, commented, “Andy is well known and greatly respected in this region and in the land conservation community nationally. We believe that he has the experience and reputation to help take the Trust to a new level.”
Pitz was responsible for coordination of NLT’s public policy activities, development of strategic plans, and successful application for accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. He also managed a landscape scale conservation partnership, the Schuylkill Land Partners, that was the precursor to the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative.
He was previously responsible for NLT’s conservation planning and land protection, which resulted in conservation of thousands of acres. Highlights include management plans for NLT preserves such as the 7,000-acre Glades Wildlife Reserve on Delaware Bay, greenway plans for streams such as Ridley Creek and land stewardship plans for Winterthur Museum and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Working with partners, he helped initiate several landscape scale conservation efforts for NLT including the Maurice River corridor in New Jersey, Unami Hills of northern Montgomery County, and Hopewell Big Woods.
Public speaker and author of numerous publications, Pitz is a founding board member and past president of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association where he was instrumental in passage of the Conservation and Preservation Easement Act (Act 29 of 2001). Other professional associations include: chair, Pennsylvania Committee of the Highlands Coalition; member of the Pennsylvania Natural Resource Climate Adaptation Working Group; and member of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association Policy Committee.
He is a registered landscape architect, with a master of landscape architecture degree from SUNY College of Environmental science and Syracuse University, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
He and his family live in Paoli, Pa.
About the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, Inc.
Since its establishment in 1967, the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust has protected nearly 9,500 acres in northern Chester County through purchases, conservation easements and public/private partnerships. It works with landowners, townships, the state and county to purchase and monitor conservation easements, create parkland and preserve environmentally sensitive land.
Trails provide public access to preserved land, recreational opportunities and beautiful views along northern Chester County’s Exceptional Value waterways. With funding from the state, county and the George and Miriam Martin Foundation, the Trust is engaged in the acquisition and development of the 10-mile French Creek Trail from Warwick County Park to the Kennedy Covered Bridge in East Vincent Township; creating local connections to the regional trail network; and helping to complete the 6-mile Pickering Trail, following the creek in West Pikeland Township from the Mill at Anselma to the township border at Clover Mill Road.