Gordon Maupin appointed to seat on MWCD Board of Directors

June 7, 2014

Judges of the Conservancy Court of the Muskingum Watershed District (MWCD) have selected the recently retired executive director of The Wilderness Center to take over a seat on the MWCD Board of Directors.

Gordon T. Maupin of Orrville in Wayne County was appointed to a five-year term on the MWCD Board of Directors during the Court’s annual session held Saturday (June 7) in the Tuscarawas County Courthouse at New Philadelphia. Maupin replaces William P. Boyle Jr. of the Charles Mill Lake area, who has retired from the Board of Directors.

Earlier this year Maupin retired after 32 years of leading The Wilderness Center, which is a non-profit nature center, land conservancy and “ecopreneurial” organization and is located near Wilmot in Stark County. He also is a former member from 1996-2002 of the MWCD’s Development Advisory Committee (DAC), which is an 18-member volunteer committee that provides feedback, advice and guidance to the MWCD.

Maupin is a graduate of Missouri State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. He also previously served as the naturalist program coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation, was an information specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, a graduate assistant in forestry for the University of Missouri-Columbia, and an interpretative aide for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Maupin has served on the Association of NatureCenter Administrators Board of Trustees, including as its president from 2001-03, and as part of the Land Trust Alliance, American Association of Museums, Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts, The Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation and national and local chapters of the Audubon Society. He also has written numerous articles on outdoor recreation and natural history topics.

Members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the Court to oversee the operations and business affairs of the MWCD, which manages 54,000 acres of land and water dedicated to public use, including 10 lakes, five lake parks and eight campgrounds in an 18-county area. Board members routinely meet once a month in open, public session.

Other members of the MWCD Board of Directors are Richard J. Pryce of North Canton in Stark County, current Board president; Harry C. Horstman of Scio in Harrison County, current Board vice president; Joanne Limbach of New Philadelphia; and David Parham of the Atwood Lake region in Carroll County.

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $11.1 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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