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Alumni/ae Profiles

Katrina Shindledecker '06

Katrina Shindledecker '06

Director of Land Preservation, Hudson Highlands Land Trust, Garrison, NY.

Katrina Shindledecker began study at Bard CEP in 2004. She completed her B.S. at Eckerd College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology, and graduated from Pace University's Environmental Science Master's Program in 2003.

From 2000 through 2004 Katrina worked for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Mount Pleasant, NY, where she acted as the Director of Natural Resources. Her duties included developing and overseeing natural and historic resource maintenance and restoration projects for the preserve, many in partnership with local partners. In 2005, Katrina's role with OPRHP was expanded to include natural resource initiatives and environmental compliance for the Taconic region, which comprises15 parks and 5 historic sites.

Due to Katrina's extensive professional background, her internship requirement was waived, and she was able to complete her M.S. degree by writing her master's thesis, which was titled, "Land Transactions: Policies and Practices of Land Trusts in the Hudson Valley."

Soon after graduating from Bard in 2006, Katrina accepted the position of Director of Land Preservation at the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) in Garrison, NY. The Hudson Highlands Land Trust works with landowners, local residents, municipalities, and regional conservation organizations to preserve the vast and biologically diverse land in the Hudson highland region. As HHLT's Director of Land Preservation, Katrina is responsible for directing and implementing the land trusts acquisition and stewardship program. She is also involved in local land use and acts as the community liaison for the land trust on natural resource issues.