Yarrow Brown - The Leelanau Conservancy

Yarrow Brown - Conservation Easement Program Manager

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Yarrow joined our staff in July 2008 as a land protection specialist.  She started managing the Conservation Easement Program in 2012 and also manages the water quality monitoring program and helps with watershed planning.

Yarrow worked previously in the Black Hills of Wyoming, where she led a conservation district office and worked to implement a watershed plan. Yarrow is a graduate of Antioch College with a degree in Environmental Science, and she attended Antioch New England for graduate work in Conservation Biology. Her background also includes environmental education, rare-plant monitoring and identification, GIS mapping and grant writing.  Yarrow is passionate about stewardship of the land and working towards responsible development. She thoroughly enjoys working with landowners in Leelanau County to help preserve the rural character of this area and protect important plant and wildlife habitat.  She has worked on the Lake Leelanau Watershed Protection Plan and is the staff person facilitating the Good Harbor Bay Watershed Protection Plan, which is currently being initiated by local residents.

Yarrow is a native of Menominee, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. She lives in Cedar and enjoys growing flowers and helping her husband on their farm, cooking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and exploring the outdoors with their young daughter, Selah.