What is your role at TLC? As the Conservation Manager, I meet with landowners interested in conservation options for their properties and explore funding opportunities to save more land for tomorrow. Though we all cover our entire region, most of my projects are in Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties.
Favorite TLC Preserve: Brumley Nature Preserve is my favorite, not just because I was there to see it open! Brumley is a great example of how passionate people with patience and perseverance can change the fate of a special piece of land. Brumley was set to be developed several times, you can still see evidence of those plans in the cul de sac shaped Chimney Swift Trail. Instead, the Brumleys set a different course for the property and with the help of multiple amazing conservation funding sources Triangle Land Conservancy was able to permanently protect the land and share it with the public. I love visiting the culmination of so much hard work and seeing the people, pets, and wildlife that enjoy it now.
Margaret Sands joined TLC as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator in December 2015. She worked on strengthening TLC’s membership program and forming community partnerships to reach more people with the great work that TLC is doing for 3 years. Inspired by our ambitious goals for inspiring 25,000 acres by 2025 she transitioned to the Conservation Department at the end of 2018 to work on land projects. She also supervises our AmeriCorps member who provides environmental education and volunteer opportunities on our preserves.
Originally from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Margaret received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Loyola New Orleans and an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. After school, Margaret returned to South Carolina where she worked as Project Manager for the nonprofit environmental law firm South Carolina Environmental Law Project. She’s loved getting to know the Triangle (but Durham most of all!) and helping to make sure that even as we grow everyone has access to open space, local food, and clean water.