Dear Friend,

Between now and September we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our third inspiring profile. 

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Meet Marian Keegan,
Woman of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation

Marian Keegan currently holds a Senior Management position as Director of Community Conservation for the Hemlock Farms Community Association, which is a forested residential property of 4600 acres and 3200 homes. She brings value by offering strategic leadership for protecting the environment and managing natural resources. Throughout her esteemed and productive career, Marian has advanced goals to conserve ecosystems. 

Marian earned a Master of Forestry degree from Duke University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Science and Biology from Hiram College. She’s a North Carolina Registered Forester, a USDA Certified Silviculturist, an ISA Certified Arborist, and a QDMA Deer Steward. 

She’s planned and implemented projects with research scientists and natural resource professionals and administered timber sales for the US Forest Service; assisted forest landowners and suppressed wildfires as a Service Forester for the state of North Carolina; completed forest inventory projects for Mead-Westvaco, Rayonier, and Container Corporation of America; and brought buyers and sellers to the negotiating table for timberland sales as a consultant. 

Marian has spearheaded award-winning programs such as Outstanding Water System of the Year from Pennsylvania Rural Water Association, Environmental Lake Management Award from the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Gold Star Community for Communications from the Communities Association Institute, USFS Outstanding Performance Award, and the ITT-Rayonier President’s Safety Award.

Her publications include “Standards of Professional Forestry in Pennsylvania” and chapters author in the book “Deer Management for Forest Landowners and Managers.” She was the lead on the recently rejuvenated Pocono Source Water Protection Collaborative funded by the League of Women Voters and PA DEP.   

Of note, Marian validates the need for forested lake communities to employ natural resource professionals who bring balance to natural systems.  Marian’s new interests are sustainable investment strategies and transitioning to politics.

Marian is also the President of the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

Congratulations, Marian!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.

BONUS: Marian would like everyone to know about a
FREE event this weekend at Grey Towers

Tracking Change in the Arctic Tundra

Sat. July 10. 3-4:30pm
Registration Required

This event will be hosted outdoors on the Swimming Pool Terrace
under a large tent.

Atmospheric temperatures are rising twice as fast in the Arctic as the average global temperature. Rising temperatures are changing the tundra environment: permafrost soils are thawing; long-frozen organic matter is decomposing; soil moisture and the area covered by water are changing.

These environmental changes are altering the tundra ecosystem in a variety of ways that affect plant growth and productivity, local wildlife and people, and have the potential to induce climate feedbacks with significant global climate effects.

Presenter: Dr. Fred Huemmrich

More information and registration information here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



 If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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