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Ontario Bays Initiative announces new executive director

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CHAUMONT — The Ontario Bays Initiative, a nonprofit organization that conserves land in Jefferson County off eastern Lake Ontario, announced that Julie K. Covey has been named the agency’s executive director.

Mrs. Covey has worked with Ontario Bays Initiative’s former land steward, Lee Russell, on conservation projects including fieldwork for easements, yearly inspections of properties and outreach to landowners. The nonprofit, off Route 12E in the village of Chaumont, covers the eastern Lake Ontario shoreline encompassing the towns of Brownville, Cape Vincent, Ellisburg, Henderson, Hounsfield, LeRay, Lyme and Pamelia.

Mrs. Covey graduated from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a minor in geology. Her fieldwork in Northern New York has included seasonal work as a dune and alvar steward for the Nature Conservancy and fisheries work with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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