Fernando Lloveras San Miguel, executive director of the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, has been named the new Kingsbury Browne Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the recipient of the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award from the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).
For the past 17 years, Lloveras has led the Trust, which manages and protects Puerto Rico's natural areas, runs habitat and species restoration initiatives, and implements coordinated public awareness campaigns, among other activities. Under his leadership, the Trust has received the Seal of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission and been accepted into the International Union for Conservation of Nature, becoming the only organization in Puerto Rico to receive this distinction. Since 2012, Lloveras has also served as president of Para la Naturaleza, a unit of the Trust which aims to protect 33 percent of natural ecosystems in Puerto Rico by 2033. He served on the board of the Land Trust Alliance from 2011 to 2020 and will serve on the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation through November 2020.
Prior to joining the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, Lloveras cofounded Microjuris.com, which provides digital legal and legislative information and tools to users in Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, and Venezuela. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico.
“Fernando Lloveras is both a great practitioner of land conservation in Puerto Rico and an outstanding international ambassador for the idea that land and biodiversity conservation is a global enterprise to which we can all contribute,” said Jim Levitt, who leads the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s land conservation efforts. “He is personable, very bright, and has a deep passion for the land. We are proud to have the chance to work with him over the coming year as the new Kingsbury Browne Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy."
The Kingsbury Browne fellowship and award, given since 2006, are named for Kingsbury Browne, a Boston tax lawyer and conservationist who served as a Lincoln Fellow in 1980 and helped to form the LTA in 1982. Lloveras San Miguel was officially recognized at Rally 2020, LTA’s annual gathering of land conservation professionals, which this year attracted over 3,700 virtual attendees. During 2020–2021, Lloveras will engage in research, writing, and mentoring at the Lincoln Institute.
Previous recipients of the fellowship include Jane Difley, who led the society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests for 23 years; Michael Whitfield, executive director of the Heart of the Rockies Initiative, who has built partnerships among landowners, civic leaders, government officials, and scientists to protect iconic landscapes in the Rocky Mountain West; Will Rogers, head of The Trust for Public Land; David Hartwell, an environmental leader who has helped mobilize billions of dollars for conservation projects across Minnesota; Steve Small, a legal pioneer who paved the way to make conservation easements tax-deductible in the U.S.; Jean Hocker, a former president of the LTA and longtime board member at the Lincoln Institute; Larry Kueter, a Denver attorney specializing in agricultural and ranchland easements in the West; Peter Stein, managing director of Lyme Timber Company; Audrey C. Rust, president emeritus of the Peninsula Open Space Trust based in Palo Alto, California; Jay Espy, executive director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society; Laurie A. Wayburn, cofounder of the Pacific Forest Trust; Mark Ackelson, president of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; and Darby Bradley, president of the Vermont Land Trust.
About the Lincoln Institute
The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide.
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.
Photograph courtesy of Para La Naturaleza.