New Executive Director for the Mad River Path Association

03 09 2017

New Executive Director for the Mad River Path Association

Laura Brines, Board President of the Mad River Path Association ( has announced the appointment of Ned Farquhar as the organization’s Executive Director.

The MRPA, based in Waitsfield, is a non-profit organization that builds, maintains, and conserves public pathways connecting people, businesses, and special places of the Mad River Valley. The organization and its members work closely with selectboards, planning commissions, and conservation commissions in the towns of Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston, and Moretown, as well as the Mad River Valley Planning District, and the Mad River Valley Recreation District, the Mad River Riders, Vermont Land Trust, and the Catamount Trail Association.

“Vermont and the Mad River Valley feature working landscapes and world-class natural areas, strong towns and businesses, and many opportunities to appreciate our surroundings,” said Brines. “Our organization is pleased to have found a leader with broad experience, an enduring commitment to outdoor recreation and conservation, and enthusiasm for the organization and the communities it serves.”

“I am happy and excited about helping build the Valley’s path and trail network. This is a truly special area with a great outdoors that stretches from the river to the ridgelines, from farm fields to forests. The people and the towns are full of character. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to help with a mission that many people and organizations have already supported and pushed forward,” said Farquhar.

Farquhar previously led the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the state’s leading conservation advocacy organization, and was a member of Governor Madeleine Kunin’s Commission on Vermont’s Economic Future, which advanced economic and environmental sustainability, “Made In Vermont,” and main street investment. Farquhar went on to serve New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as senior policy advisor for energy and environmental policies and programs. He helped Richardson write his acclaimed 2007 book on energy and climate, Leading By Example. He worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council as senior policy advocate for western energy and climate policy. Subsequently he was appointed deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of the Interior in the Obama Administration, working on land and energy issues. He is a board member of Friends of the Mad River and lives in Waitsfield.

“I appreciate the opportunity to work with others toward increasing access, building cooperation with landowners, and creating the many benefits of paths and trails here in the Mad River Valley,” stated Farquhar.

Farquhar will start work with the Path Association in late March.