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Mainspring hires new employee

Rachel Newcomb has been hired as a conservation outreach associate for Mainspring Conservation Trust. 

Hailing from Leicester, Newcomb will lead outreach efforts for Mainspring such as hikes and tours, as well as assist in education programs, land conservation projects and stewardship endeavors in the Hiwassee area. 

“Having grown up in the woods of our farm, I knew from a young age that I wanted to make a positive impact in protecting the Western North Carolina region,” she said. “I feel immensely fortunate that I was able to foster a deep connection with my natural environment from a young age, and at Mainspring, I hope to help others strengthen their own bonds to the outdoors.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and public policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges as well as a master’s of environmental policy and management from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. She has served as an AmeriCorps member at a community farm in Knoxville and a food bank in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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