Door County Land Trust (DCLT) has announced the departure of its executive director, Tom Clay, who has led the nonprofit organization over the past five years.
During his tenure, DCLT has expanded its land-protection and habitat-restoration efforts significantly, leading to remarkable conservation successes. In the past five years alone, DCLT has protected an additional 1,100 acres, bringing the total protected habitat to 8,800 acres.
Additionally, DCLT added several new staff positions and increased both its annual support and its Stewardship Endowment Fund thanks to strong support.
“Tom’s commitment and ability to tell the story of conservation in Door County has inspired members and the community at large,” said Donna Hake, president of DCLT’s board. “On behalf of the board and staff, I extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to Tom for his service to the Land Trust and wish him and Lisa [Clay’s wife] well.”
Clay will transition out of the office until his final departure on March 11. DCLT’s leadership staff and board of directors are well positioned to continue land-protection efforts throughout the transition.
Clay said he intends to continue working in the field of conservation.
“Living in Door County and working for Door County Land Trust has been an absolute dream come true,” he said. “As Lisa and I move closer to our children, we will take away memories of breathtaking landscapes and wonderful people. Door County Land Trust is a strong, vibrant organization and is positioned to thrive for many years to come.”