In her own words, Pam describes why her position with French & Pickering is a natural fit:
“French & Pickering has given me an opportunity to do work that benefits the environment and will last well past my lifetime. I truly value the relationships that have been built through the years and am grateful to all the partners that have supported French & Pickering’s mission.”
Pam joined French & Pickering in 2004 as a Trails Consultant and became the full-time Conservation Director in 2006. She oversees all aspects of land protection, from landowner outreach, grant and easement writing, to managing closing transactions. Her interest in trail and land protection came from years of competitive horseback riding on hundreds of acres of open land in Chester County, PA. When those lands became threatened by development in the 1980s, Pam became a volunteer with the West Vincent Township Open Space Task force and went on to chair the Open Space Advisory Committee for several years while working for French & Pickering.
In addition to her work at French & Pickering, Pam is Co-Founder of the West Vincent Land Trust. Most recently, she assumed the role of Hopewell Big Woods Partnership Coordinator, which was founded in 2001 through Natural Lands.
A former professional photographer and small business owner/operator, Pam has a diverse background, which lends itself to complicated negotiations and relationship building—both necessary in working with the numerous partners involved in conservation.
Born and raised in southern New Jersey, she majored in English Literature at Lebanon Valley College and moved to Pennsylvania in 1975. An avid bicyclist, kayaker and swimmer, Pam lives on a small farm in Birchrunville with her pack of rescue dogs.
Interesting Fact: Pam has a copyright number in the Library of Congress for photography.