Land Trust merger adds to directors

Charlotte Frazier, former Friends of the Fields' volunteer chair, is the newest addition to North Olympic Land Trust's board of directors.

After the merger of the two nonprofit organizations earlier this year, Frazier's election brings the total of new board members to eight from what is now the Land Trust's Friends of the Fields Division.

Frazier said her interest in the organization goes beyond making sure land always is available for farming. She moved to Sequim in 2002 after years of teaching in Oregon and Washington. She teaches balance and fitness classes through Peninsula College in addition to volunteer activities and other interests that include Kiwanis, theater, gardening and Sequim Prairie Garden Club, Sequim Senior Singles, traveling, photography and meeting new people.

Frazier is using her experience as a volunteer coordinator to assist in recruiting people to help with the Land Trust's 11th annual StreamFest.

About the Land Trust board

On the NOLT board, Frazier joins former FOF board members elected last spring: Jim Aldrich, Liam Antrim, Bob Caldwell, Layton Carr, Neil Conklin, Dorothea Hover-Kramer and Suzie Schuenemann. All live in the Sequim area.

• Jim Aldrich, FOF past president and now NOLT secretary, taught at North Carolina State University and Allegheny College.

• On the staff of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary for 10 years, Liam Antrim's professional focus has included marine policy issues, marine debris, oil spill response preparedness and research, aquatic toxicology, diver surveying and nearshore marine resources restoration.

• Bob Caldwell helped found FOF after retiring to the Sequim-Dungeness valley to enjoy the area's rural qualities. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation service in various specialties, including agricultural economist and resource conservationist.

• Layton Carr retired from technical and business management in aerospace manufacturing. He said he is committed to achieving a harmonious balance between agricultural preservation and future growth.

• Neil Conklin owns Bella Italia restaurant in Port Angeles and is founding director of Olympic Peninsula Community Celebrations, the nonprofit organization producing the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival and Sequim Lavender Festival.

• Dorothea Hover-Kramer is a psychologist and clinical nurse specialist in private practice, as well as author of six books about energy therapies. She is co-founder and past president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

• Suzie Schuenemann's careers have included property management, executive director of a nonprofit, songwriter/recording artist, teaching and real estate, currently with John L. Scott, Sequim.

The Land Trust

Since local citizens founded the Land Trust, in 1990, the nonprofit organization has protected 2,238 acres with such special qualities as habitat for salmon and other wildlife, farming, clean water and air, scenic vistas, open space and cultural heritage.

Permanent legal agreements are created with willing landowners and the nonprofit organization takes responsibility for upholding them in perpetuity. Property owners continue to own most of the protected lands.

More information is available from or 360-417-1815. Reservations for monthly overview programs can be made by phoning the office.

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