Bob Bendick is the Director of U.S. Government Relations of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to taking his current position, he was Vice-President and Managing Director of the ten-state Southern U.S. Region of the Conservancy. He has been with The Nature Conservancy since 1995, first as Florida Chapter Director and, then, also as director of previous southeastern U.S. groups of state chapters.
Before coming to the Conservancy, he was Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (1990-1995) and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (1982-1990). From 1992-1994 he chaired the Northern Forest Lands Council established by Congress to make recommendations on the future of forest lands across northern New York and New England. He has a graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
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