Connecting People with that land that sustains us


On August 21st, OLT welcomed new land protection manager, David Diaz, to their conservation team!

After the departure of former project manager, Ethan Rubenstien, OLT embarked on a rigorous search to find a conservationist who had as much enthusiasm and passion for land conservation as experience in the field.  After interviewing several well qualified candidates, OLT made an offer to David Diaz from Trumansburg, NY. 

He joined OLT and got right to work, bringing over 14 years of land acquisition experience from time spent at three other regional New York land trusts, along with seven years of natural resource management.  David also brings with him degrees in environmental studies from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and viticulture and wine technology from Finger Lakes Community College

Here's a little snippet about David:

What is your role at OLT?

Land Protection Manager

What does your typical day look like at OLT?

Talking and meeting with landowners regarding land protection possibilities for their land. Working with non-profit and governmental agencies on land conservation projects and regional goals.

What are your hopes for the future of our industry?


That we’ll eventually be able to meet the demand for open spaces, healthy forests, clean streams and places for people to experience all three. 

OLT looks forward to all David has to offer our region in land conservation!