In his own words, Karl describes why his position with French & Pickering is a natural fit:
“Working in this role allows me to use the varied skills accumulated from a long career in environmental work and environmental finance to protect land close to home. A win-win for me.”
Karl Russek is first to hold the newly minted position of Conservation Coordinator for French & Pickering. In February 2022, he began assisting our Conservation Director in all aspects of land preservation efforts, including working to negotiate and structure conservation easements, and documenting the value of the land French & Pickering protects. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Karl grew up at the headwaters of the Schuylkill River outside Pottsville, PA. Though he has lived in various parts of the US and overseas, he always returns to living somewhere very close to the Schuylkill River. Karl and his wife Ann consider themselves lucky to have raised a family that includes 2 brilliant young daughters right next to Coventry Woods in North Coventry. A self-described avid backpacker/trail runner/mediocre climber, Karl is also really enjoying a slower paced dive into learning about local natural history.
Interesting Fact: Karl managed to fall into two different crevasses on a traverse of Mont Blanc in the Alps. (Thankfully, he still made it to the top, and home, in one piece.)