The Westchester Land Trust, which has preserved about 7,500 acres of land in Westchester and eastern Putnam counties, is getting a new executive director.
Lori J. Ensinger of Katonah will now lead the non-profit organization. Previously, she was a member of the land trust’s board of directors from 2004 through 2013 and chaired the trust’s Investment Committee and Governance & Nominating committees.
“Lori is the perfect person to lead the Westchester Land Trust during the next phase of our conservation efforts as we continue to identify and preserve important parcels of land, as well as steward those properties that we have already protected to ensure that the public has access and the opportunity to engage with the land,” board chairman Jonathan Wiesner said in a statement.
Most recently Ensinger was a managing director of an investment fund in New York City. She is replacing Candace Schafer, who has been executive director since 2009. Schafer is staying on with the trust’s board.
“Candace is truly a dedicated professional, and has led the Westchester Land Trust’s efforts to permanently protect environmentally valuable land throughout the region so as to enhance and preserve the quality of life in our communities for generations to come. While we are truly sorry to see Candace step down from her professional role with the organization, we are delighted that she will continue to advance the cause of land conservation as a member of our Board of Directors,” Wiesner said in a statement.
The trust was founded in 1988.