After 22 years with The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas, Tim Snell, Associate State Director for Water Resources, will retire Dec. 31, 2020.
During his tenure, Snell worked with partners, supporters and volunteers across the state on major conservation accomplishments, including developing Arkansas’ private landowner-oriented partnership karst conservation program to protect groundwater quality, a 2014 update to the Arkansas Water Plan, the state’s policy for long-term water management, as well as conserving TNC’s Kings River, Smith Creek, Council Rock Forest and Logan Springs preserves.
“The best part of my time with The Nature Conservancy was having the opportunity to work with great supporters, neighbors, partners, and communities throughout Northwest Arkansas,” Snell said. “Together, we accomplished a lot for conservation in the Natural State.”
Leadership of the TNC’s work will shift to Kim Dutton, Director, Northwest Arkansas.
She started in this role November 2020, and her responsibilities include working with supporters, partners, and communities on developing meaningful conservation projects for people. Dutton has been with TNC in Arkansas since March 2019, when she was hired as Northwest Arkansas Assistant Director of Philanthropy.
“I’m looking forward to working with our partners and supporters in Northwest Arkansas and across the state,” Dutton said. “It’s pretty special to be a part of such a collaborative community that’s committed to conservation in the Natural State.”
Previously, Dutton worked at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she was Executive Director in Northwest Arkansas of its foundation. In that role, she was responsible for major and planned giving in the Northwest Arkansas region and played a key role in the Campaign for Arkansas Children’s Northwest, which raised more than $80 million to build a new hospital.
“Retirement is a wonderful capstone to a successful career and the board is very thankful for Tim Snell’s impressive achievements throughout Arkansas and beyond. We wish him well!,” said Ann Rosso, Vice Chair, TNC in Arkansas Board of Trustees. “Looking to the future, we’re thrilled to have Kim on the team and bring her talent and expertise to conservation work. We know she has what it takes to make conservation success happen in Arkansas.”
The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.