Michele Long named new head of conservation district

Sally Corrigan, the current executive director, will retire in April

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  • Michele Long (Photo provided)

“Michele brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the district’s mission and services."
Scott Savini, board chair

— Michele Long has been named executive director of Pike County Conservation District, the agency responsible for protecting the county's soil, water, and natural resources.

She will succeed the current executive director, Sally Corrigan, who will retire in April.

Long has been employed at the conservation district for 14 years, and has represented the district locally and statewide in different capacities. She has worked closely with the past two executive directors, Corrigan and Susan Beecher, reviewing legislation and policy, developing conservation education and outreach programs, and administering the financial and day-to-day aspects of district operations.

“Michele brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the district’s mission and services,” says the district's board chair, Scott Savini. “We are pleased to have her at the helm as we continue to support environmentally sound development and land use practices.”

Statewide, Long volunteers on the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership Leadership Development Committee, the Pennsylvania Association for Conservation Districts Employee’s Committee, and is on the National Geographic Scenic Wild Delaware River Council. She also chairs the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District.

Long was also recently accepted for a fellowship with the Environmental Leadership Program, Delaware River Watershed Network.

“I am looking forward to working with the District’s talented team in this new capacity to ensure the long-term protection and sustainable use of Pike County’s natural resources,” says Long. “The district is fortunate to have great support from our board of directors and the Pike County Commissioners.”

Long holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University. She lives in Tafton with her husband, Bill, and her two children, Katie and Ben.

The district aims to foster a conservation ethic among government officials, non-governmental groups, developers, community associations, landowners, and the general public to protect the integrity of the natural systems that enrich Pike County’s environment.

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