New York—The National Audubon Society has announced that veteran land use expert Nada Culver has joined the organization as vice president for public lands and senior policy counsel. She will define and lead Audubon’s public lands program and its efforts to defend and implement bedrock wildlife conservation laws, including the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

“Our nation’s public lands provide the habitat that some of our most imperiled birds need to survive,” said Sarah Greenberger, Audubon senior vice president of conservation policy. “Audubon and the birds we work to protect couldn’t be luckier to have an advocate of Nada’s talent, tenacity and creativity to protect those places birds and people need now and for future generations.”

Culver is a leading expert on legal protections for public lands. Prior to joining Audubon, she was senior counsel and senior director of agency policy and planning at The Wilderness Society (TWS).  While at TWS, she helped influence public policy and provide advice and support to community and conservation groups working to protect public lands. She helped create The Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center, located in Denver, with the goal of reconciling conservation with development on public lands including transmission, renewable energy, fossil fuel development and protection of wilderness. She also was instrumental in the ongoing protection of iconic western habitats and locations including Colorado’s Roan Plateau, New Mexico’s Otero Mesa, Utah’s Redrock Country, and sage grouse habitat.

“Our public lands and the birds they support are under serious threat from forces ranging from our changing climate to the policies of this administration,” said Culver. “Audubon’s century of conservation achievements and the reach of its members across the nation have the potential to make a real difference at a time when wildlife faces unprecedented challenges. I look forward to building on Audubon’s history, incredible energy and passion for living things and scientific expertise in the effort to conserve our shared public lands.”

Before joining The Wilderness Society, Culver practiced law in the private sector for more than 10 years, working on a variety of environmental issues including energy development and environmental remediation, and was a partner with the law firm of Patton Boggs.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. She will be based in Denver.


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