Our Staff

Linda Garrett, Executive Director | thtomorr@northnet.org

Linda joined Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust for the second time in 2002, as the Executive Director and the first full-time paid staff person. Linda’s connection with nature and love of the outdoors began at an early age, spending her summers waterskiing, camping and fishing with her family in Tupper Lake, NY.

After graduating from SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse with a BS in Resource Management, she went on to complete her MS in Outdoor Recreation Planning, and began working for the NYS Tug Hill Commission as a Natural Resources Coordinator in 1988. It is here where she helped the Commission partner with local community leaders to create the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust. Following, Linda spent time in Fairbanks, Alaska where she worked for the Alaska Natural History Association and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, and volunteered for the Interior Alaska Land Trust before returning to Northern NY and Tug Hill Tomorrow.

Linda enjoys working with the landowners of the region, and has a deep love and appreciation of the land and its people. She is proud of the land trust and the nearly 20,000 acres now protected, as well as the National Accreditation award the land trust earned in February 2011. Linda enjoys hiking, camping and spending time outside with her husband and two sons.

Richard Johnston, Land Protection Manager | tughilllandpro@nnymail.com

Richard joined Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust in May of 2012 as the Land Protection Manager. A New Hampshire native and second generation forester, Richard began working with his father in the woods at the age of 8 learning about sustainable forest management. Richard spent many summers and holidays working at his grandparent’s dairy farm in Waltham, Vermont and the family farm in New Hampshire.

Richard received an A.A.S. in Forest Technology from the University of New Hampshire’s Thompson School of Applied Science and a B.S. Forest Management from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked as a forest technician and forester in the northeast, southwest and inland northwest regions of the U.S. for a variety of interests including forest management companies, as a self-employed forest consultant, a state forester and other forest consulting firms. He has worked closely with the three major forest certification programs operating in the U.S. Richard has many years experience working with GIS in support of forest management projects and lease administration.

An avid outdoors person, Richard has enjoyed many pursuits over the years including backpacking and camping, skiing, hunting and fishing, mountaineering, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, white water rafting and kayaking. Whether working or playing, Richard’s favorite place to be is the outdoors. Richard and his wife Mariann are passing on their love of the outdoors, as well as teaching the philosophy of responsible natural resource management and the importance of healthy rural economies, to their two young sons.

Dave Jabot, Conservation Coordinator | tughillconserve@nnymail.com 

Dave Jabot headshotDave joined Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust in June of 2017 as the Conservation Coordinator. His primary responsibilities are maintaining landowner and easement records, annual monitoring of easements, and creating baseline documentation for new easement acquisitions. Prior to joining THTLT, Dave worked as a Natural Resource Technician on a ranch in Colorado assisting with their forestry program and wetland restoration. He has also spent time in the Prairie Pothole Region helping to work on a research project looking at avian abundance and richness on restored shallow lakes in Iowa. Dave attended SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he received a B.S. in Natural Resource Management. He also has an A.A.S. in Forest Technology from the SUNY ESF Ranger School. One of his favorite protected places is the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. While at the refuge he enjoys bird watching. In his spare time, Dave likes to go out and fish and is an avid waterfowl hunter. He also enjoys wood working and hiking.

Lianna Lee, Communications & Community Programs Managertughilloutreach@nnymail.com

Lianna Bio

Lianna joined Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust at the beginning of 2016 as the Communications and Community Programs Manager. Originally from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, spending time outside in the beautiful lakes and forests sparked her interest in land conservation.

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and has held various outreach and communications roles at accredited land trusts across New England. Prior to joining THTLT, she was the Outreach and Membership Coordinator with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust in Franconia, NH.

Lianna’s passion for understanding and communicating on the ground environmental issues has taken her from the mountains of China, to the rainforests of Cameroon as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In her free time you can find her hiking, rock climbing, or XC skiing depending on the season. She is excited to explore all the vast Tug Hill region has to offer, and meet the wonderful people who make our work at THTLT possible.

If you are interested in volunteering to host one of our community programs (walks, hikes, canoe trips, or have another idea), or are interested in learning more about how we can engage your school, please give Lianna a call at 315-779-2239.

Karen Weston, Office Managertughilladmin@nnymail.com

karen-westonKaren recently joined Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust as the Office Manager. Karen has extensive experience coordinating, planning, and supporting daily operational and administrative functions within diverse industries. She is adept at developing administrative and procedural processes that reduce redundancy, improve accuracy, efficiency, and achieve organizational objectives.

Karen, a native of Watertown, N.Y., moved to South Florida and began a career in project management. While in Florida, Karen joined a group of Fort Lauderdale residents ( along with adjoining communities) to rescue their shrinking beaches from the ravages of tidal erosion. Karen has always had a profound love for the ocean, the coast and the Everglades. "The ramifications of our beaches disappearing are staggering. The beach not only frames our wonderful "environment" in which our families live and thrive, it also provides the financial wherewithal that supports our communities." Karen has been a lifelong supporter of South Florida's coastal infrastructure from the devastating effects of storms, hurricanes and pollution.

Karen relocated back to upstate New York to be close to her grandchildren. She enjoys conserving her family's 18-acre woodland, which encompasses the Black River, Limerick Waterfalls and the Caves which are explored and filmed by The DEC and many environmental educational agencies.