What is your role at TLC?: As the Senior Land Protection Manager (East), I work with landowners in Wake and Johnston counties who are interested in exploring conservation options for their properties.
Favorite TLC Preserve: My favorite TLC nature preserve is the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. This was the first TLC property I ever visited, and remains the one I visit most often since it is very close to where I live. It’s beautiful stretches of New Hope Creek, diverse maturing forest, and abundance of birds and other wildlife always makes for an interesting walk at any time of year.
Brenna Thompson joined TLC as the Land Protection Manager (East) in January 2021. Originally from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Brenna spent much of her childhood in the great outdoors and developed an enduring passion for land conservation. After receiving a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Colorado College, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked as a foundation and corporate relations officer (i.e., grant writer) for the African Wildlife Foundation. She later obtained a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, with a concentration in Ecosystem Science and Conservation. While at Duke, she did a Stanback Internship as a landscape analyst with the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, which ignited her interest in land trusts. After graduation, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and spent three and a half years working as a conservation project manager at Great Peninsula Conservancy—an accredited land trust in western Washington. She is excited to be back in North Carolina, and looks forward to working with landowners to help protect the open spaces, local food, healthy watersheds, and recreational opportunities that make this such a special place to live.