Ige Names Nature Conservancy Head to Lead DLNR

In the wake of the defeat of lobbyist Carleton Ching, Governor David Ige’s first choice to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ige has chosen some with much more solid conservation credentials:  Suzanne Case, the veteran executive director of  The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.  Case, a Hilo native and  a Punahou graduate with a law degree from the University of California, San Francisco and B.A. in history from Stanford, has been managing the Nature Conservancy’s approximately 53,000 acres of Hawaii preserves, for the past 14 years, and has worked in some capacity for the Nature Conservancy for the past 28 years.     In 2003, she oversaw the  the purchase of the 117,000-acre Kahuku Ranch at the southern end of Hawaii Island and its transfer to Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park She oversaw the purchase of Palmyra Atoll, where the Conservancy also  manages a preserve and  a research station. She’s received several awards for her work, including the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Ho`okele Award, which honors “exceptional leaders in Hawai‘i’s nonprofit industry.”
“Suzanne shares my vision of wise stewardship of Hawai‘i’s public and conservation lands and waters, for excellence in government to make the most of our limited resources, and for collaboration and inclusion in carrying out the many responsibilities of the DLNR and the State of Hawai‘i for the benefit of all,” said Ige, in his announcement of her nomination.

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