Volume 5 Number 10
March 7, 2008

Former board chair left the board of the environmental nonprofit to pursue public office.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink was honored by The Nature Conservancy Thursday for her outstanding service to Florida during the eight years that she served as a member of the group’s Florida Board of Trustees.

Sink joined The Nature Conservancy board in 1998 and served as the elected chairperson from 2004-2006. During that time, the Conservancy helped protect thousands of acres statewide.

“Alex left the Conservancy board to campaign for CFO in 2006, and has been off and running —and governing — ever since. We are pleased to finally recognize her properly for her outstanding service to The Nature Conservancy,” said Jeff Danter, the Conservancy’s Florida director. “Furthermore, we applaud her leadership on the Florida Cabinet. As a member of the very important Board of Trustees of the State’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund, she has been a strong advocate for Florida Forever and land protection. As a public servant, as before on the Conservancy board, Alex Sink is a strong, effective leader on land conservation in Florida.”

During her tenure with the Conservancy, natural land was protected on the Perdido River, along the Apalachicola River, in Duval County, on the Lake Wales Ridge, in the Everglades, down to the Florida Keys. From 2003 to 2006 alone, 115,000 acres were protected in 41 projects. The award to CFO Sink reads: “For exemplary service to The Nature Conservancy and outstanding leadership of the State of Florida.”

“As a lifelong advocate of preserving our state’s natural resources, I am honored to receive this award from The Nature Conservancy,” said CFO Sink. “The Nature Conservancy plays a pivotal role, and as a statewide leader, I look forward to working with them in their efforts to preserve state lands.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. With funding from the voter approved Florida Forever program and our generous donors the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.2 million acres in Florida since 1961. Visit us on the Web at nature.org/florida.