New Executive Director – Peter Kleinhenz

Dear Friends and Stakeholders:

We are pleased to announce that Peter Kleinhenz has joined The Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC) as our new Executive Director.

Peter comes to ALC from the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, a respected organization that holds more than 150,000 acres under conservation easement in the Red Hills region of Florida and Georgia.

Prior to his tenure at Tall Timbers, Peter worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In addition to his extensive experience with landowners and conservation easements, he has worked closely with numerous government agencies and private conservation organizations.

A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, Peter earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University. His education and past experience have fostered in him a recognition of the vital roles of conservation and environmental science, and the need to convey their importance by implementing outreach programs to local communities.

Among numerous activities, Peter has served as chair and president of the Big Bend Environmental Forum and the Apalachee Audubon Society, respectively.  He is also a dedicated birder and herpetologist.

The addition of an Executive Director is an important step for the ALC as the Aiken community responds to accelerating development pressure. Our core mission is to protect Aiken’s quality of life, and the ALC is the only organization solely dedicated to protecting Aiken’s land, trees, historic properties, and water resources. To fulfill that mission, we must raise our visibility in the community, and with landowners and government officials.  Our ability to reach these friends and stakeholders will be enhanced with Peter on the ALC team.

Please join me in welcoming Peter to the ALC. Soon you will be able to meet him and hear firsthand his passion for land conservation.

Larry Comegys