The Trust Welcomes New Board Leadership

June 16, 2023

This spring our volunteer Board of Directors elected Sarah Chase Shaw to lead the organization as Board Chair.

Sarah grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona with millions of acres of public lands in her backyard. She spent weekends hiking in the Grand Canyon or trailing steers on the ranch. “The ability to walk out the door into public land wasn’t a novelty; it was something I took for granted. Many years later, as I watch battles rage over land use, protection of sacred lands and beloved open spaces, and the destruction of ecologically diverse landscapes that have long-standing consequences for future generations, I am reminded how fortunate I was to have that experience and how important it is to pass that on to future generations,” Sarah says.

These days Sarah lives in Basalt, Colorado where she works as a freelance writer, landscape architect, and Communications Manager for the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies at the Aspen Institute. Sarah has served on the Trust’s board since 2018, and we are thrilled to have her taking the reins: “I look forward to collaborating with the board and staff to set in motion the next thirty years of keeping the promise of wilderness.”

As we welcome Sarah, we also extend a heartfelt thank you to our outgoing Board Chair, Denise Schlener, for her tremendous leadership over the past three years. “Denise has led the board with a steady hand and a keen eye toward the future. During her time as board chair, the Trust successfully weathered a global pandemic, and closer to home, celebrated our 30th anniversary, completed a strategic plan, and expanded our reach into new regions of the country,” Sarah reflects.

The Trust’s 16-member Board of Directors is tasked with leading and governing the organization, ensuring that together we are working toward our mission to protect our wild places for generations to come. Their expertise, wisdom, and dedication underpin every acre of wilderness we protect.