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Continuing the Legacy of Mollie Beattie


Mollie Beattie

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Mollie Beattie’s terribly premature death from brain cancer. In addition to serving on the Board of VNRC, Mollie served as Vermont commissioner of forests, parks and recreation from 1985 to 1989, and as deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources from 1989 to 1990. From 1993 to 1996, she served as the first woman director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, where she oversaw the successful reintroduction of the gray wolf into the northern Rocky Mountains. In recognition of Mollie’s accomplished career and, in particular, her service to Vermont’s people and natural resources, VNRC established a Mollie Beattie Internship that provides career experience for young, promising natural resource professionals.

Additional information about Mollie is available here: https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2011/12/4/Looking-Back-Mollie-Beattie
Kaitlin Hayes

Kaitlin Hayes

Kaitlin Hayes is current VNRC Mollie Beattie intern. Much of Kaitlin‘s career has been focused on water quality and quantity issues, specifically the impacts caused from nonpoint source pollution and the exploration of potential nutrient trading solutions. General environmental law and public lands management are also topics of great interest to her. Her studies have led to ample travel throughout the US, with large chunks of time spent hiking, biking, and camping from state to state. She received a MS from Clarkson University in Environmental Science and Engineering, in addition to a MS in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. As a native Vermonter, she is excited to be back in Vermont to ski, see her family, and advocate for strong environmental policy.