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At the start of 2014, Melinda Meddaugh accepted the position of Sullivan County Agriculture & Natural Resources Leader, a shared position between Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County and the Sullivan County Government. Melinda is a long-time resident of Sullivan County, growing up in Monticello, NY and graduating from Monticello High School.
Melinda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from SUNY Purchase and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She also has an Associate’s Degree from Sullivan County Community College in Computer Graphics.
Since 2008, Melinda has worked as the Land Protection Coordinator for the Delaware Highlands Conservancy. In her capacity she worked with landowners on conservation options for their property, farmland protection plans, the Trailkeeper.org project, the Shop Local, Save Land initiative, forestry programming, the legal and outreach ends of conservation easements and land use projects, along with coordinating large-scale grant projects.
Melinda currently lives in Rock Hill, NY with her husband Josh Meddaugh. Both are tremendously involved in their community of Rock Hill. She serves as the Vice President for the Rock Hill Business and Community Association, she is in charge of the Sullivan Renaissance beautification projects and gardens in Rock Hill and helps to coordinate the many events sponsored by the Association. Melinda also serves as a member of the Town of Thompson Planning Board. Josh is an active member of the Rock Hill Fire Department and both are energetically involved in the new and exciting ball field and playground project being organized at the Rock Hill Fire Department.
After working with a group of community residents and farmers, Melinda helped bring Rock Hill its first Outdoor Farmers’ Market, now in its 4th successful year.
“I work with my town because I believe that raising awareness, especially for my younger generation, regarding the importance of natural resource and local agriculture and forest economies to the overall economic picture of the region is vital to sustaining what we care about here in Sullivan County,” said Melinda. “I’m looking forward to continuing to work with landowners, our partners and the County I’m from on providing outreach and educational resources and to exploring new ways to work towards supporting the working farms and forests in our region.”
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