John Petersen, ACR’s Chief Operating Officer, to Serve as Acting Executive Director

JULY 23, 2014–Stinson Beach, CA Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education programs, announced today that J. Scott Feierabend will step down as executive director effective July 31.

John Petersen, ACR’s Chief Operating Officer, will serve as ACR’s Acting Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer.

“During his tenure, Scott provided outstanding leadership on a number of critical organizational fronts,” said Diane Jacobson, president of the Audubon Canyon Ranch board of directors.  “We will miss Scott’s enthusiasm, passion, and wit.  We wish him and his family the very best.”

ACR has formed a Leadership Task Force made up of Board members to conduct an executive search and to help ensure a smooth transition of executive leadership while continuing to achieve ACR's strategic goals.

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit


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