Ellie Daniels

Ellie Daniels

After merging with Sandhills Area Land Trust in July 2019, Three Rivers Land Trust retained two existing Sandhills employees and has since welcomed two new employees to their team. Three Rivers, headquartered in Salisbury with a field office in Southern Pines, has conserved more than 40,000 acres in 15 North Carolina counties.

“We are incredibly excited and fortunate to have this team to help carry out our mission of conserving natural areas, family farms, and rural landscapes in the Piedmont and Sandhills,” said Travis Morehead, Land Trust Executive Director.

Ellie Daniels has been named as the Eastern Regional Director and will be stationed out of the Southern Pines field office. Ellie was born into a farming family who taught her the value of historical family land and about the important relationship between landowners and natural resources. Ellie comes to Three Rivers with a passion for conserving ecologically and historically significant lands, and with a broad understanding of environmental law. She pursued this passion both as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and at Campbell Law School, focusing on clean air and water issues. She will cover Moore, Scotland, Cumberland, Hoke, Richmond, Anson, and Harnett counties.

Brian King is the new Western Regional Director for Three Rivers and is stationed out of the Salisbury office. He was born in Summerville, South Carolina and spent much of his younger years exploring the Carolina wilderness. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Appalachian State University and continued to foster his deep and abiding appreciation for the natural world after graduation. He holds a passion for the protection of our natural resources, as well as the study of conservation and wildlife management. Brian will cover Iredell, Davie, Davidson, Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly, Montgomery, and Randolph counties.

Valerie Alzner is the part time Stewardship Associate for the Three Rivers Land Trust and will concentrate her efforts in the Sandhills region. Valerie served in the U.S. Army as a Blackhawk helicopter mechanic/crew chief before getting a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University in 2005. Since graduation, she has worked as an intern at the U.S. Army Environmental Center and has banded birds in West Virginia for the Institute of Bird Populations. Valerie is a native of Michigan and first came to North Carolina in 1990 with her husband who was stationed at Ft. Bragg.

Tiffany Dorn was named the Administrative Associate for the Three Rivers Land Trust and is stationed out of the Salisbury office. Tiffany is a graduate of Stanly Community College and then continued to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her studies and previous career path focused on early childhood education, both in the classroom as well as administratively. She brings a passion for helping others and a desire to increase the public’s awareness of our natural resources. Tiffany is a native of Rowan County, North Carolina and lives here with her husband and two children.

(2) comments

Kent Misegades

Land conserved for what purpose? There is twice the acreage today of timber land in our state than a century below, a result of capitalism, not conservation. Land owners have an interest in maximizing profits from their assets and are the best stewards of land. The same for water fowl. Hunter groups like Ducks Unlimited have done more to increase wildlife population than anything else.

Jack Nance

Kent you are totally wrong. The old growth pine forests are long gone due to over timbering and the naval stores production during the 18th and mostly the19th centuries. You don't have a clue as to the real history of this area.

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