CLERMONT, Ky. — Bernheim officials announced Wednesday that longtime Forest Manager Andrew Berry has been named director of conservation for the largest privately-held forest dedicated to conservation and education in the eastern United States.
Bernheim’s Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms said the new position directly aligns not only with the organization’s history of land protection but also its long-term strategy for the future.
“Conservation and education are the cornerstones of this organization,” said Wourms. “It’s only fitting that our leadership team includes a conservation director and in Andrew we have the very best.”
Berry has served as part of the Bernheim team since 2008, overseeing environmental stewardship and land conservation efforts of the natural areas that make up a large part of Bernheim’s 16,000-plus acres. With a bachelor’s degree in natural resource conservation and management and a master’s degree in biology, Berry uses his extensive knowledge to apply best practices in land protection including stream restoration, invasive species removal and controlled burns.
Berry also works closely with researchers worldwide who are seeking a healthy, large forest block for their studies. Additionally, he leads Bernheim’s research efforts including the Eastern Golden Eagle research project, which follows the migration of two majestic raptors that winter at Bernheim.
Wourms said Berry also has been instrumental in helping Bernheim protect even more land.
“During Andrew’s tenure, Bernheim has acquired over 1,500 acres of land, adding to Bernheim’s protected forest,” said Wourms. “He worked with land owners and key partners who provided grant funding for the acquisitions that are providing clean air, clean water and critical corridors where wildlife can move safely.”
Ninety years ago, Isaac W. Bernheim protected and gifted thousands of acres of land where plants and wildlife can thrive, and people can connect with nature. Today, Mr. Bernheim’s guiding principles are still at the forefront of Bernheim’s mission.
“Amidst the rapid pace of development, protecting plant and wildlife habitats is critical,” said Berry. “We cannot forget that land protection is crucial for human life. Bernheim provides clean air and clean water for the Greater Louisville Region. I am honored to carry on Mr. Bernheim’s tremendous legacy of environmental stewardship.”