Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters


June 17, 2008

Conservation Specialist Hired For Trust

Janaé ReneaudAs the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust undertakes more projects, the need for a staff person to evaluate and manage projects, identify and apply for grants, respond to public inquiries, and promote the trust continues to increase. Recently, a conservation specialist was hired to take on these responsibilities.

Janaé Reneaud, who joined the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in April after working several years as a biological science aid at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will be responsible for implementing and managing the Trust's multifaceted program of land and water conservation projects.

"We are so pleased to have someone with Janaé's background to help get these conservation projects moving for the Trust," said Todd Votteler, GBRA's executive manager of Intergovernmental Affairs and executive director of the Trust.

"After she gets familiar with the basin and the existing projects," Votteler explained, "Janaé's focus primarily will be on the areas of conservation project development and implementation, development and monitoring of conservation easements, and developing relationships with landowners."

Reneaud earned her master's degree in public administration with a concentration in land conservation from Eastern Michigan University, and earned a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University.

Before her tenure with USFWS, Reneaud served four years as the development and grants manager for the Washtenaw Land Trust in Ann Arbor, MI.

While working for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Reneaud was a grant coordinator and project manager of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust, the Clean Michigan Initiative, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.