Clay set to depart Door County Land Trust

Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay is leaving the organization’s top post in the middle of March after five years on the job. Clay came to the Door County Land Trust in 2016 after 10 years as the executive director of the Illinois Audubon Society. His conservation achievements cover over 1,100 acres of land ranging from Washington Island to the Door County Land Trust’s first-ever acquisition at Stony Creek in Southern Door. Board President Donna Hake thanks Clay for his service to the organization, adding that he accomplished a lot during his time.

Clay and his wife will return to Illinois after he departs his role on March 11th where he hopes to continue his career in conservation, but just a little closer to his children. Hake says the board is working on quickly finding Clay’s replacement, adding they will be patient in finding the right person for the job.


Picture of Tom from DCLT, Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve, photo by Dan Eggert



Dear Friend,

For everything there is a season. After five years at the helm of Door County Land Trust, I have made the difficult decision that it is time for my wife Lisa and I to return to Illinois to be closer to family. It is with both sadness and anticipation of new opportunities that I announce my plans to leave Door County Land Trust.


Door County Land Trust is stronger than ever. The Land Trust is far greater than any one individual—it is a collective of passionate and driven individuals who believe strongly in protecting the Door Peninsula, its islands and surrounding waters.


Over the past five years the Land Trust has protected an additional 1100 acres of ecologically significant lands. It has garnered community support for places beloved by the community, including Pebble Beach, Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp Natural Area, Chambers Island Nature Preserve, the first-ever land acquisition at Stony Creek in Southern Door, and more. And, most importantly, it has built the foundation to increase its land protection and its care of these protected lands in the coming years.


I will transition out of the office until March 11, but I leave the Land Trust in highly capable hands. Board President Donna Hake and our leadership staff members are poised to continue leading the organization without missing a beat.


It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of conservationists and supporters. Feel free to contact me in the office at (920)746-1359, or you may reach Board President Donna Hake at (920) 746-6709 or


Yours in conservation,

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