Joining the board are Raiford Trask, president of Trask Land Co. and vice president of Autumn Hall Inc.; Dan Plummer, vice president of the Code Blue Foundation and a trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation; and long-time TU volunteer who has been instrumental in water policy and fisheries enhancement in the Northwest, Mark Taylor.
In addition to his work with Trask Land Co. and Autumn Hall, Trask, of Wilmington, N.C., is a proven developer who finds ways to preserve community culture, environmental integrity and “walkable” features in new developments. His commitment to environmental protection earned Autumn Hall the Significant Achievement Award from the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Program. The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association has recognized Trask’s work, and he serves on the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors.
As well as his work with Code Blue and Summit, Plummer, of East Branch, N.Y., is also the chairman of the board for Friends of the Upper Delaware River. He previously worked for ABC covering sporting events like Monday Night Football and the 1984 Summer Olympics. He’s also a general contractor and owner of Plummer Construction. In years past, he worked for Ralph Lauren in New York, and was the general contractor “This Old House” in San Francisco, where he built his first sustainable home in nearby Mill Valley, Calif. Plummer spends as much time fly fishing the Catskills in New York as possible.
Taylor, of Tulalip, Wash., has volunteered for TU for many years, and it presently involved in work trying to restore the kokanee salmon run in Lake Sammamish in Washington state. The salmon run is in dire straights, but Taylor’s work has given kokanee much-needed attention, both in government and non-government circles. He has served as Washington’s representative on the National Leadership Council and he’s worked on a number of vital Northwest issues, including salmon and steelhead recovery, hydropower relicensing and chapter and council development.
“We’re very fortunate to have these three gentlemen join TU’s Board of Trustees,” said TU President and CEO Chris Wood. “All three bring very valuable skills to TU, and they are all passionate about fishing and helping us make fishing better across the country. We’re proud to welcome them to the board, and I look forward to working closely with these new trustees as they help guide TU into an era where our brand of collaborative conservation will make a real difference in the years to come.”
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