Dale Threatt-Taylor is the Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy South Carolina Chapter. She received a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from North Carolina State University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2011. In 2012, she was selected as one of 30 agriculturalists in North Carolina identified to participate in the Agricultural Leadership Development Program at North Carolina State University. Her career began as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and later joined the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District. In 2008 she was selected as District Director of Wake SWCD and Wake County Soil and Water Conservation Department. Her role as Executive Director for TNC SC has provided the opportunity to build new relationships between natural resource conservationists and environmentalists across the nation. Dale’s conservation and environmental leadership includes service on many national, state, and local boards and committees. On August 1, 2020, Dale made history when elected to serve as Chair of the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s national Board of Directors. She also serves on TNC’s North American Agriculture Committee and on the Executive Board of Sustain SC. In 2021, she was accepted as a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Sustainability Leadership Initiative (SLI) in South Carolina. On April 22, 2021, Dale was invited to join the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In the Fall of 2022, she completed The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) at Furman University, becoming a 2022 Riley Fellow. Dale was asked to join NC State University’s Natural Resources Board of Directors beginning in 2023. Having received many awards throughout her career, one caught her by surprise, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for her dedicated work in conservation. She has served as keynote speaker on several occasions, most recently as the 2022 Spring Commencement Guest Speaker for Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment graduation ceremony. Dale wants everyone to understand that locally led conservation begins with an individual, and together, our conservation work is so important in protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends.
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- D09: 21st Century Conservation: The Intersection of Climate, Community, Culture and Land
September 09, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM