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TNC Spotlight: Chris Minor, Land and Fire Management
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/29/2020

In 1999, Chris Minor responded to an ad posted on a cork board at Hocking Technical College in Ohio. The ad was for a nine-month land steward position with an organization he had never heard of in a state he had never visited. His Wildlife and Recreation Management major fit well with this entry-level position at The Nature Conservancy in Kentucky. Following a brief phone interview two weeks after graduation, he accepted the position and soon loaded up his Chevrolet Cavalier and headed west from his Virginia home through the Cumberland Gap to Lexington. The rest, as they say, is history.

"Most of those first nine months were spent pulling and bagging invasive species, working under a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant," Minor says. "There would be occasional breaks to weed-whack and clear downed trees from hiking trails, along with addressing other stewardship needs."

Twenty years later, Minor is the director of land management and fire manager for the Kentucky chapter. He is considered a leader in prescribed fire in Kentucky, with a team that assisted on more than 17,000 acres of controlled burns in 2019.

"I've literally grown up in the organization, having started my career only a few months after my 21st birthday," Minor says. "I've gained an appreciation for the organization, the people, and our partners. I've particularly enjoyed working with and growing the fire management program."

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