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Yolo Land Trust adds board members

The Yolo Land Trust recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors.

365体育投注Melissa Harlan is a Yolo County native who has had a lifelong connection to agriculture. She grew up on a large-scale family farm, watching and learning from her grandfather and father, and working in their office. Harlan then went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in human development, along with her teaching credential, from UC Davis.

365体育投注She taught at the elementary level for 13 years in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. She has assisted her husband, Blake, in the running of Harlan Family Ranch. Their farm is a sixth-generation diversified crop operation located in Woodland and farming throughout Yolo County.

Laurel Harrison has worked on land use, natural resource and agribusiness issues throughout her career as a public affairs consultant. Harrison’s work spans the communications spectrum, from corporate communications and media relations to message development and reputation management.

She has worked with clients including Kubota Tractor Corporation, Vulcan Materials Company, Corteva Agriscience, the California Prune Board and Albertsons Companies, among others. A Yolo County native and Pioneer High School graduate, Laurel returned to her Woodland roots after receiving her bachelor’s degree in classics and English language from UCLA.

“We are delighted to have Melissa Harlan and Laurel Harrison join the Board of Directors of the Yolo Land Trust,” said Lynnel Pollock, president of the Yolo Land Trust.  “Each brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization.  We look forward to their contributions to the Yolo Land Trust’s work of conserving important farmland and rangeland in Yolo County.”

The Land Trust’s mission is to conserve farmland and rangeland in Yolo County.  To date, it has partnered with more than 40 family farmers who agreed to keep their farms in farming forever.  Now, more than 11,400 acres in Yolo County will always grow food.

Permanent farmland conservation keeps our rural heritage alive, maintains open space for wildlife, fosters healthy communities and generates good jobs. All enjoy locally grown food and vistas of almond blossoms, sunflowers, vineyards and tomatoes. Find more at .

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