Helman leaving land conservancing

MINDEN - Gardnerville resident Ame Hellman, vice president of the Land Conservancy and a member of the Douglas County Planning Commission, will be leaving the American Land Conservancy at the end of the year.

"It's just time for a change," she said, adding, "I'm not going to abandon these folks. I'll still be working with them."

The Land Conservancy is a private group that brokers land exchanges and promotes programs to conserve open space around the country.

Hellman said her Conservancy work was time-consuming, taking her to Wisconsin, California and Alaska in addition to Nevada. She plans to keep her planning commission post, an appointment that initially drew some questions about possible conflicts of interest due to the missions of the Conservancy and the planning commission, which advises the County Commission on land use issues.


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