The Middlesex Land Trust is pleased to announce the election of two new members to the Board of Directors.

In October, the board of the land trust voted to seat two new members on the Board of Directors: Kim Diver and Caleb Corless. Both Kim and Caleb come to the land trust from the Wesleyan community and both have been active supporters and volunteers of MxLT. They will serve on the board in interim capacities until the next Annual Meeting of the land trust in April when they may be elected to serve for a full term on the board.

Kim Diver is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences and an Affiliated Faculty Member of Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. Her doctoral degree is from Syracuse University with an academic background in geography, specifically the biogeography of plants in insular systems and geographic information systems (GIS). Kim grew up on ten acres of woods surrounded by farmland that was in the Conservation Reserve Program, and she enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, photography, some birding. Kim is an advocate of land trusts for their important role in building community around conserving the rural character and ecological services of open spaces.

Caleb Corliss is a Middletown resident and a Master’s candidate in Biology at Wesleyan University. He hopes to apply his research work on the basic biology of invasive species to help improve land management practices. Caleb hails from northern New Hampshire, where he spent the summer of 2013 working in stewardship for the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust of North Conway. Along with a background in biology and an enthusiasm for land conservation, Caleb brings a working knowledge of GIS to his volunteer work with the land trust that has been invaluable to the land trust’s mapping project.

The Middlesex Land Trust is very happy to welcome Kim and Caleb to the board.