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Audubon Canyon Ranch Appoints Jeanne Wirka as Director of Stewardship

New Position to Direct Restoration and Land Management for ACR’s Preserves, Covering 5,000 Acres

FEBRUARY 2, 2015––STINSON BEACH, CA––Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) announced today the appointment of Jeanne Wirka to the new role of Director of Stewardship. Wirka, a field ecologist who has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing habitat restoration, vegetation management, and monitoring programs in Northern California, will assume the position immediately.

“I am excited to lead ACR’s stewardship efforts in this new role,” said Wirka. “In this time of dynamic environmental change, it is imperative that we continue to test and adopt science-based land management strategies so that the pivotal landscapes we and others have worked so hard to conserve remain healthy and resilient.” In her new capacity as Director of Stewardship, Wirka will provide direction to and oversight of all ecological restoration and land management efforts on more than 5,000 acres of ACR preserves.

“Jeanne has a proven track record as an ACR Resident Biologist, and I am confident her expertise and talents will expand ACR’s conservation leadership role. By using its sanctuaries that lie within four important ecological regions, ACR is uniquely positioned to study biodiversity and natural processes across a spectrum of habitats. Through our work, we are supporting key conservation goals and disseminating effective land management practices,” said John Petersen, ACR’s Executive Director.

Wirka most recently served as Resident Biologist at ACR’s Bouverie Preserve from 2005 to 2015. In that role, she developed strong ties with the communities and partner organizations with whom ACR collaborates. She has been instrumental in developing and guiding multiple large restoration projects in native grassland, oak woodland, riparian and vernal pool habitats. Wirka has a M.S. degree in Ecology from U.C. Davis and a B.A. from Harvard University.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch
For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science. ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg. ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email acr@egret.org or visit www.egret.org.

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