Dick Christie Becomes KVLT Executive Director January 1
Hello everyone! I am excited to be working with the Katawba Valley Land Trust. I come to KVLT from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, where I was employed for almost 38 years. Much of my career was with the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division as a fisheries biologist. Since 2000, I worked in the Environmental Programs Office, and my focus was on protecting, enhancing and mitigating natural resources associated with the operation of hydroelectric plants which included Santee Cooper, Catawba-Wateree, Lake Murray and a number of smaller projects. Those efforts have included enhancing/restoring river flows, enhancing recreational access, protecting fisheries resources, establishing mitigation funds, and land protection. Through my work as a fisheries biologist and the work on the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Project, I have become very familiar with the Catawba River Watershed and the surrounding area.
I have lived in Lancaster County for almost 28 years, and I have witnessed the rapid growth and development occurring in this area. I look forward to working with KVLT and our membership to continue to protect lands that have important natural, ecological, historical or aesthetic values in the local area. I am married to Ann Christie, who recently retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and we live in Heath Springs with our dogs Max and Molly.