Land Trust welcomes new executive director

Noel Durant brings vision and experience

The Crested Butte Land Trust is excited to announce that Noel Durant has been hired as executive director.

National experience

Durant comes to the Land Trust from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was a program director for the national non-profit organization, the Trust for Public Land (TPL). With TPL, Durant worked closely with his community to protect the places people care about, and to ensure that all children had safe places to discover nature. He was instrumental in increasing access to city parks and raising awareness for some of Chattanooga’s most important and historical places.

Durant is experienced in bringing together diverse stakeholders including corporations, real estate partners, state and local agencies, and individual landowners to advance mutually beneficial land protection. In addition to his strategic vision and leadership, he has years of experience in the nuts and bolts of land conservation.

Strategic vision meets hands-on experience

“We are thrilled that we were able to attract Noel to lead the Crested Butte Land Trust,” says Kiley Flint, president. “We believe he is ideally suited to continue the Land Trust’s progress in protecting and preserving our open space. Noel has the balance of strategic vision and hands-on experience that we sought. He has demonstrated leadership skills working with stakeholders and is an experienced outdoorsman who will be at home doing land conservation in our mountain community.”

Says Durant, “I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position and thrilled to be back in Crested Butte, where my wife and I have visited several times. The Crested Butte Land Trust has a national reputation for excellence, and I look forward to working with the community to continue the Land Trust’s record of achievement by combining the know-how I acquired in other locales with the approaches that have worked historically in Crested Butte. I look forward to meeting stakeholders whose deep commitment to land conservation has resulted in the remarkable open spaces that exist here.”

Successful transition

Durant has relocated to Crested Butte, and is quickly getting up to speed on the ins and outs of snow removal. He assumed the executive director position on January 23, 2017. The Crested Butte Land Trust deeply thanks Danielle Beamer, who ably served as managing director in the interim. Her hard work and dedication over the last seven years have been truly invaluable to the organization.