Land Trust Announces New Executive Director

Sackville, NB – August 30, 2017. The New Brunswick Community Land Trust’s (NBCLT) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Melanie Jellett as its newly-appointed Executive Director.

“Melanie is joining the NBCLT at a very exciting time for the organization and the sustainable working lands sector,” says Megan de Graaf, NBCLT’s Vice-President. “Her background and leadership with agriculture and environment organizations lends itself well to delivering the NBCLT’s mission, and we are pleased to have her join the organization. We are looking forward to working with Melanie and our partners to advance a Maritime- wide forest carbon offsets program for small private woodlot owners.”

Melanie has over a decade of post-secondary education and experience working in the field of environment and sustainability. She brings a strong background in climate change adaptation work, and a demonstrated record of leading successful membership-based organizations with her previous experience working with the National Farmers’ Union in New Brunswick and the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science degree from Mount Allison University (Mt.A), and graduated with Honours with Distinction with a Bachelors of Arts in Canadian Studies and Geography, also from Mt.A.

“The working lands conservation easements stewarded by the NBCLT are a unique legal tool that will allow landowners to participate in forest carbon offset sales, while also allowing them to generate some income using sustainable forestry practices”, explains Melanie Jellett. “I am thrilled to work with the organization on its mission to foster vibrant rural communities in New Brunswick!”

About New Brunswick Community Land Trust

Formed in 1996 the New Brunswick Community Land Trust is non-profit organization committed to supporting ecologically sustainable land-use practices and economic development in rural New Brunswick by helping landowners establish working land easements. The NBCLT holds easements on over 1,000 acres of private working land throughout the province. For more information about the NBCLT, visit



Melanie Jellett, Executive Director
(506) 536-3738,

Megan de Graaf, Vice-President
(506) 567-9647,


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