Land Trust hires first director

The Katawba Valley Land Trust has hired its first full-time employee, Austin Jenkins, as executive director.

He replaces Lindsay Pettus, who founded the Land Trust in 1992, and had served as its unpaid director. The Trust focuses on protecting land through conservation easements, the acquisition of land, and transfer of some properties to other public or private land management agencies. To date, the Trust has completed 53 land transactions and protected 6,862 acres in five S.C. counties, primarily along the Catawba River and its tributaries.

Jenkins has been working as a Naturalist and Natural Resource Manager at the Sandhill Research and Education Center of Clemson University. Jenkins will start work in early September.