Department of Forestry selects new forest conservation specialist
A 14-year-veteran of natural resources conservation projects will continue that work in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) has chosen Kim Biasiolli to lead forest conservation efforts in the agency’s Central Region – a 35-county area that extends from the I-95 corridor to Charlottesville, between the Commonwealth’s border with North Carolina and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Biasiolli arrives following a career at the Yolo Land Trust in California, where she worked on land conservation through development and stewardship of conservation easements. She previously served as the State Parks Botanist for New York State Parks. She will develop new conservation easements and help to steward more than 100 easements already held by VDOF.
“Forested landscapes are shrinking and becoming more and more fragmented as the pressures to develop and convert forested land are growing,” Biasiolli said. “There are so many reasons why it’s important to protect forested lands – for their natural features, their economic potential, and their aesthetic values, to name a few. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do such important and meaningful work here in Virginia.”
A Massachusetts native, she received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Evergreen State College in Washington and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. A resident of Charlottesville, she is married and has one son.