Three Rivers Land Trust Hires Conservation Land Manager, Appoints New Associate Director

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – Conserving nearly 45,000 acres in North Carolina’s Piedmont and Sandhills is no easy task, but with knowledgeable staff, Salisbury-based Three Rivers Land Trust has made this possible. Recently, Katie Stovall was hired as Conservation Land Manager for the Three Rivers Land Trust. In addition to the hiring of Stovall, Crystal Cockman, previously Director of Conservation, has been appointed Associate Director of TRLT.

“We are really excited to add Katie to our staff, she is going to be a great asset to the Land Trust,” said Executive Director Travis Morehead. “With Crystal’s experience at the Land Trust, it was appropriate to transfer her role to that of associate director. We are grateful that Crystal continues to represent Three Rivers and act as a resource in our conservation work. “

Katie Stovall was hired in November and received her master’s degree in wildlife science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in natural resource conservation and management with a concentration in forestry from Western Carolina University. Stovall comes to TRLT with previous experience working for the NC Forest Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority, where she provided land management information and technical support to forest owners and wildlife managers. Katie’s interest and expertise is in prescribed burning, applied habitat management, sound forest management, and the combination of wildlife and forest goals. Katie’s work spans her spare time as she enjoys sharing the ethics of conservation with others, especially children, and promoting the wonderful natural resources our state has to offer.

“I am delighted to join the TRLT team and share my knowledge and expertise in natural resource conservation with NC staff and landowners. I care deeply about our state’s natural resources and work seriously to conserve them by prescribing and implementing sound land management to promote both game and non-game wildlife, ”said Stovall.

In addition to hiring Stovall, TRLT made another staff change by appointing Crystal Cockman as Associate Director. Previously Director of Conservation, Cockman said, “The mission of Three Rivers Land Trust is, and always has been, close to my heart. I am happy to continue to carry out the mission as Associate Director.

Working for Three Rivers Land Trust, formerly the Land Trust of Central NC, for 15 years, Cockman is a key employee of the Land Trust, and will continue to be one as an associate director.

To learn more about how to conserve your own lands or how you can support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, please contact Crystal Cockman, Associate Director of The Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or crystal @

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