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Schoelier named new stewardship manager for Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

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Nathan Schoelier is the new stewardship and conservation lands manager for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.

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Schoelier has been a stewardship technician with the organization since 2018 and takes over from Kath Monk.

“We are extremely pleased to have Nathan take on more responsibility in management of our important stewardship and conservation lands programs,” said Brian Horner, general manager and secretary-treasurer.

Monk is now the conservation authority’s projects co-ordinator and will work on organizational strategies and land management plans, working closing with municipalities and the province following recent changes to regulations and legislation, including the Conservation Authorities Act.

“ABCA and the entire watershed is extremely fortunate to have someone with Kate’s skills, experience, and personality to take on this key role as we look to the future of the local work needed to protect our watershed resources,” said Horner.

“It will be a real asset to have both Kate and Nathan as cornerstones in our local watershed management future.”

Prior to working at the conservation authority, Schoelier worked as a land management technician with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority between 2015 and 2017. He completed the Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College between 2016 and 2017 and prior to that completed the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Technician program at Sault College between 2014 and 2016.

He lives in Perth South Township.

“I am honoured to be named as the new Stewardship and Conservation Lands Manager and I look forward to continuing our close partnership with rural landowners and municipalities on projects that make improvements in our watershed communities,” he said.

“I look forward to managing our conservation areas and forests as we balance the needs of the environment and citizens.”

Monk has a 30-year record of service with ABCA. She has worked in education and communications and most recently on private land stewardship programs and conservation land management.

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