High Peaks Alliance names Brent West executive director

FARMINGTON — Brent West, of Readfield, has been named executive director of the High Peaks Alliance, a nonprofit serving western Maine’s High Peaks region.
West has spent the past year as a part-time consultant for the alliance.
Originally from New Portland, West is a wildlife biologist with a passion for preserving public access to Maine’s wilderness. A trained wildlife professional, he earned his undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine, and a master’s degree in ecosystem health and natural resource management from the University of Maryland.
For the last four years, West was land stewardship manager for Georges River Land Trust in Rockland, where he spearheaded new bike trail systems and brought municipalities, nonprofits and the national park service together to connect communities through trails.
“The High Peaks Alliance is thrilled to commit to hiring Brent West as our full time executive director,” said Lloyd Griscom, board president. “With his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and land trust experience, as well as his local knowledge, we are making a big step and thank our funders and supporters for their confidence in the value of our contributions to Maine’s High Peaks Region and its communities.”
West said, “While my career has taken me across North America, I consider it an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve the communities, and wilderness, that shaped my passion for the outdoors. I look forward to working with partners to conserve critical areas, build trails, and collaborate for a greater impact.”
The High Peaks Alliance is a 501 c(3) with a mission to ensure and enhance public recreational access and opportunities in Maine’s High Peaks region, which encompases 10 of the 14 largest mountains in Maine.
For more information, visit highpeaksalliance.org.