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News: 12/01/2014

Petersen named exec director of Audubon Canyon Ranch

\Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), whose holdings include the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, has appointed John Petersen, a biologist and well-known leader in the environmental community of Marin and Sonoma counties, as its new executive director. Petersen had been serving as acting executive director.

Petersen, an accomplished scientist and nonprofit manager with a strong record of leadership, joined ACR in 1987 with a Masters degree in Biology from Sonoma State University. He will be the third executive director of the 52-year-old preservation organization. Petersen lives in Sonoma with his wife, Carol Cagle, a fourth grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary School. Their son, Ross, is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.

“In his 28 years with ACR, John was able to get to know all of our founding preservationists,” said ACR founder Martin Griffin. “He befriended Clifford Conly, who trusted ACR with Cypress Grove, his crown jewel on Tomales Bay, in 1971. John became close with David Bouverie who decided to give his Glen Ellen preserve to ACR in 1979. John has the ability to connect with preservationists and really understand why they care so much about their land.”

For more than 50 years, ACR has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science. ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

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