Bill Gladden

Regional Network: 
Delaware River Watershed Network
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Executive Director
French & PIckering Creeks Conservation Trust
West Chester, PA

I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania with a lifelong appreciation of nature and the outdoors through friends, family, athletics, scouting, hiking, camping, hunting and fishing.  I earned a bachelor's in Urban Studies and Political Science at the College of Wooster and a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. I enjoyed roughly five years of land conservation work for the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy before accepting a position with the Chester County Planning Commission in southeastern Pennsyvalia.  After assuming a variety of administartive and managerial responsibilities I was asked to establish the Chester County Departrment of Open Space Preservation.  Over the course of roughly 15 years, the department oversaw monitoring of land preserved using County grant funds and administration of over $200 million in County grants to preserve over 55,000 acres of farms, forests, parks and preserves. In 2018, I was named executive director of French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust.  Founded in 1967, French & Pickering has preserved over 12,786 acres and continues to connect people to the land through preservation, land management and education throughout the northern Chester County region.