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March 3, 2014

New leadership at Ausable River Association

WILMINGTON — Corrie Miller, executive director of the Ausable River Association, is heading to new waters.

Kelley Tucker, a long-time board member, will step into the position.

Miller, who took charge and directed the association here through river remediation efforts after Tropical Storm Irene, is going to head the Friends of the Mad River in Waitsfield, Vt.

Her last day with Ausable conservation effort is March 7.

‘SO INSPIRED’

In a letter shared online, Miller said the move is bittersweet.

“Given how vividly I remember my first few weeks in the Ausable watershed, surrounded by Irene’s havoc, it’s hard for me to believe that over two years have passed,” she said.

“I’ve grown to love this special place and feel so inspired by the people who live and work here. Inspiring are: the man who found a very old Ausable postcard in his family’s attic and mailed it to (the Ausable River Association); the dozens upon dozens of people who showed up at Rivermede Farm to spend 3 hours on a Sunday planting trees; the landowner deeply concerned about the brook running through her property and searching for ideas about how to improve it as wildlife habitat …”

TUCKER STEPS UP

“We’ll miss her greatly, but she’s leaving (the River Association) stronger than ever before, and we wish her well,” board Vice Chairman Rob Farkas said in a press release.

Miller and Tucker have worked together on key documents guiding Ausable science and conservation.

They co-authored the draft Ausable River Watershed Management Plan due out for public comment this spring.

A key document supporting flood mitigation strategy in the towns of Jay and Keene, the Watershed Management Plan is set to blend scientific inventory of the waterway with engineering study of Ausable River crossings throughout Essex County.

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