Dijit Taylor, Executive Director of LCHIP, retires
The Board of Directors of the Community Land and Heritage Investment Program announces that LCHIP’s Executive Director, Dijit Taylor, intends to retire at the end of 2021.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as Executive Director for the past eleven years,” said Taylor. “LCHIP is a real success story in New Hampshire. As we like to say, “LCHIP saves what the people love in New Hampshire”. “
“During my tenure on the program, support grew from a succession of governors and the legislature. Much has been accomplished in the first twenty-one years of the program. The strong board of directors and experienced staff have even more to do under new leadership in the years to come. “
Since 2010, when Taylor started, LCHIP has provided matching grants totaling over $ 35 million and leading to a total investment of $ 157 million. Grants were made to 204 different organizations, benefiting the resources of 152 of the 234 municipalities in the state.
This has enabled the permanent conservation of 53,307 acres of land and supported the preservation of 177 historic buildings dating as far back as 1664 and as recent as 1967. LCHIP Board Chairman Ben Wilcox said: “ The LCHIP Board of Directors is grateful to Dijit for his leadership during these years. Dijit leaves big shoes to fill, and a formal search committee has been formed to assess and recommend viable candidates for this important leadership role.
Prior to joining the LCHIP staff, Taylor was Director of the Center for Land Conservation Assistance at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, where she initiated the now annual statewide land conservation conference, Saving Special Places.
Prior to that, she worked at the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, New Hampshire Rivers Council, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. Find the vacancy announcement on www.LCHIP.org.
LCHIP is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and nonprofit organizations to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural, and historical resources. It was created by the Legislature in 2000 to ensure the continued contribution of these resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. All funding for LCHIP grant making and administrative costs depend on the state budget process. For more information, see www.lchip.org.