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May Leinhart

May Leinhart

Land Protection Specialist

May joined Upstate Forever's Land Trust Staff in May of 2018. She received her B.A. in English from Sewanee, and soon after began work on the conservation program staff at the Nashville-based Land Trust for Tennessee. There she helped create a strategic conservation plan for the Natchez Trace Parkway and worked with families to protect their farms and forestlands in permanent conservation easements.

She then received her M.A. in geography from Appalachian State University, and also spent a four-year stint in New Mexico working at a non-profit organized to study and protect the Rio Grande River. Last but not least, May grew up on a cotton farm in Mississippi, and in 2014, helped her brothers convert it into a small-scale, sustainable pastured animal farm that direct-markets to customers in mid-South. She worked with her family protect the farm with a permanent conservation easement, and in her role at Upstate Forever, loves assisting Upstate landowners with the same process. When she's not at work, May is usually hauling her young kids up and down the Upstate's trails, lakes, and rivers.  

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