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Westchester Land Trust Expands Staff, Board Of Directors

Shaun McCoshum has joined Westchester Land Trust.
Shaun McCoshum has joined Westchester Land Trust. Photo Credit: Contributed
Sara Powell is the newest employee of the Westchester Land Trust.
Sara Powell is the newest employee of the Westchester Land Trust. Photo Credit: Contributed

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Westchester Land Trust has named three new members to its advisory board of directors and added two new members to its staff.

Joe Edgar of Pound Ridge, Megan Kulick of Scarsdale and Pam Pooley of North Salem were named to the board. The WLT also hired Sara Powell and Shaun McCoshum as land stewardship professionals.

Edgar will join WLT’s Land Preservation Committee, which oversees and approves all land protection projects. Kulick will join the WLT Investment Committee.

Pooley is the founder of Meadoworks, a landscaping and garden design firm. Her work can be seen at the native plant garden at the entrance to the Leon Levy Preserve in Lewisboro. Pooley currently co-chairs the North Salem Conservation Advisory Council and writes a regular column on gardening and land stewardship.

Pooley is a board member of SPACE at Ryder Farm and provides support to the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership, a cross- boundary conservation program co-lead by WLT.

“WLT will benefit enormously from the diverse talents of our new Advisory Board members,” said Vice President, Kara H. Whelan. “They share a passionate commitment to land conservation and will bring insightful perspectives to both advance land protection projects and engage community members in meaningful experiences on our preserves.”

McCoshum was hired as the organization’s first Preserve Manager & Educator. The new position adds capacity for the care and enhancement of the 29 nature preserves WLT owns. McCoshum holds a PhD in Zoology from Oklahoma State University, where his research focused on pollinators and native bee communities.

Also joining WLT this summer is Sara Powell, who will be taking on the role of Land Steward—monitoring WLT’s portfolio of conservation easements.

“As our stewardship team grows—our ability to offer strategic outreach and education increases exponentially,” said Tate Bushell, WLT’s Director of Stewardship. “Sara and Shaun will each play a critical role in protecting and promoting the natural beauty of our region.”

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