VES Land Trust hires new Stewardship Manager

"I'm very excited to be working in conservation and play a part in protecting the natural resources on the Eastern Shore for generations to come," said Abbey.
Thanks to their mutual love of nature and spending time outdoors, Abbey and her husband, Richard, moved to the Eastern over three years ago. “Living and working as an Environmental Scientist in Virginia Beach for 11 years, really helped me to get to know and appreciate the diversity of nature and wildlife we have in our region." said Abbey. When they first started visiting the Shore about 6 years ago, they spent a lot of time on the water visiting the Barrier Islands and at their friend’s family farms. "The clarity of the water and vibrant health of the ecosystems here really struck me. I’ve always been very passionate about protecting the environment and encouraging others to get out and enjoy it too. We knew we wanted to live on the Shore and raise our boys here to enjoy nature," added Abbey. She and Richard live in Franktown on Nassawadox Creek with their sons, Wyatt and Connor.

Abbey is working with the Land Trust’s more than 70 landowners who have donated conservation easements on nearly 14,000 acres. She visits protected properties and provides landowners with information about new stewardship practices to manage shorelines, wetlands, wildlife habitat and other natural resources. Abbey also assists with field trips for local second graders, workshops for adults, and special events.


Abbey has 11 years of experience as an Environmental Scientist specializing in tidal and non-tidal wetlands, natural resource identification and protection, coastal restoration, marine environments, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Western Michigan University, and obtained additional professional certifications in Wetland Delineation, and Hydric Soils, from North Carolina State University, and completed the Implementation of NEPA program at Duke University. 

“Abbey has an outgoing personality, an academic and professional background in environmental science, and a strong interest in protecting our natural resources. We are very pleased to bring her on board,” said VES Land Trust President, Ed Tankard.

And we can't wait for you to meet her. So, stop on by for a visit or catch her at one of our upcoming fall events.