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Maria Rieders named Heritage Conservancy’s new board chair


With the start of 2023, Heritage Conservancy has named Maria T. Rieders, Ph.D., the new chair of its board of directors.

Based in Doylestown, Heritage Conservancy is an accredited not-for-profit conservation organization that has been preserving and protecting local natural and historic heritage since 1958.

The board of directors assists Heritage Conservancy in achieving its mission, and its members’ combined extensive experience and commitment help bolster efforts in preservation, reaching financial goals, and maintaining regional prominence.

Heritage Conservancy is thrilled to have Rieders continue in this new role and further strengthen the organization’s mission while implementing new goals for 2023, the organization said in a recent press release.

Rieders, who grew up in Germany, where, she said, where zoning laws have open spaces built into them, and who has been an adjunct professor at the Wharton School, has been a member of the board since 2012, with one year off in 2018.

She said the organization “will be working on implementing a new strategic plan that shifts the focus to tying our conservation work to the community, with respect to both preserving land and understanding history.”

“We will continue to preserve open spaces but will put more energy into answering the question: ‘For whom?’ as well as learning to become good stewards of the land in the face of climate change – knowledge that is to be shared with community members at large.

“So, the board’s focus will need to be twofold: to secure the financial means to implement our conservation work and to strengthen our voice to reach demographics that are vital to our perseverance into the future.”

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