Nature Conservancy names state director

Terry Cook has been named state director of the Kentucky office of The Nature Conservancy.

Cook, who will live in Lexington, has worked with the non-profit organization for 17 years, most recently as the regional science director of the 14-state Eastern U.S. Conservation Region.

"Helping to conserve priority lands and waters in Kentucky, one of the most beautiful and compelling landscapes in the nation, is a dream come true for me," Cook said.

He also has worked on a partnership between The Jane Goodall Institute and The Nature Conservancy that sought to conserve and restore critical chimpanzee habitat in western Tanzania.