Treasured Lands Foundation is pleased to announce that Scott Turnbull is now president of the land trust’s board of directors, which is comprised of a distinguished group of community leaders and conservationists.
Turnbull follows Bill West, a regional credit director with Florida Community Bank, who helmed Treasured Lands since the foundation was formed in 2008. West will remain on the board of directors alongside Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, mayor of Sewall’s Point; Chappy Young, who’s overseen the surveying of major Everglades restoration efforts; Barbara Birdsey, founder of the animal rehab and safe harbors Pegasus Foundation and Caring Fields; and Laura Haase of the Martin County Parks and Recreation Department.
“We’re a young organization, but we’ve been truly fortunate to attract to our board some of Martin County’s most accomplished and respected leaders,” said Charles “Chuck” Barrowclough, executive director of Treasured Lands Foundation. “Their backgrounds are diverse, but they share in common a longtime investment in the well-being of Martin County and a passion for conservation. We’re grateful for Bill West’s dedicated leadership and look forward to the wealth of talent Scott Turnbull will bring to the chair.”
Turnbull represents clients in business, investment, probate and trust disputes. He is a conservationist and an avid student of Florida history. Turnbull looks forward to advancing the foundation’s preservation and education efforts.
“Martin County is an easy place to fall in love with—but protecting its open lands, wildlife habitats and green space calls for vigilance and diligence,” said Turnbull. “Treasured Lands is uniquely positioned to accomplish this, and I’m honored for the opportunity to lead an organization with such an important and personal mission.”
About Treasured Lands Foundation
Working with community partnerships, Treasured Lands preserves Martin County’s natural resources and wildlife habitats and encourages passive and active outdoor recreation through creative and interactive educational outreaches.
Treasured Lands activities and accomplishments:
- Leads tours of Barley Barber Swamp, a 400-acre nature preserve owned by FPL in Indiantown.
- Preserved and managed Simpson Island in the Indian River Lagoon.
- Oversaw the installation of 106 cypress trees in the Southern Addition of Halpatiokee;
- Puts local at-risk and underprivileged children in summer camps by granting scholarships to Martin County Parks & Recreation;
Treasured Lands’ ongoing efforts
The foundation is:
- teaming with Trust for Public Lands and the Florida Oceanographic Society to preserve River Cove, an undeveloped piece of shoreline along the Indian River Lagoon.
- working to preserve part of the original footprint of Atlantic Ridge Project, a parcel never acquired by Martin County or the state and posses characteristics that make it attractive for development.