Head of Southeast's largest conservation group resigns

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council announced the resignation of its executive director Thursday. Lindsey Ketchel has worked for SEACC since December 2008.

The organization was founded in 1970 and recently has been active in petitioning the U.S. Forest Service to transition from old-growth logging to second-growth logging. Board of Directors President Clay Frick said that the organization would not be changing its direction or goals.

“In terms of Lindsey’s departure, we’re still continuing on the same road,” Frick said. “It was a mutual agreement that we’re moving on and we’ve appreciated her five years of work.”

Frick said the organization will be “aggressively looking for a new executive director.”

Bob Claus, SEACC’s forest program director, will serve as the interim executive director. According to his biography on the SEACC website, Claus worked as an Alaska State Trooper for 22 years and currently serves on the Craig City School Board.

 Contact reporter Jennifer Canfield at 523-2279 or at jennifer.n.canfield@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/canfieldjenn.


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