Bernheim appointment, plus The Nature Conservancy’s big land grab

By Amy Joseph Landon

[This post was extracted from Insider Louisville’s News Roundup on April 25, 2019]

Source: Insider Louisville
By Mickey Meece
April 25, 2019

Andrew Barry | Bernheim

Andrew Berry, the longtime forest manager at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, has been named its director of conservation.

Bernheim officials said the new position aligns with the organization’s history of land protection. Bernheim calls itself the largest privately held forest dedicated to conservation and education in the eastern United States.

The organization’s executive director, Mark Wourms, said Berry has been instrumental in helping Bernheim protect even more land since he joined the team in 2008, overseeing environmental stewardship and land conservation efforts of the natural areas that make up a large part of Bernheim’s 16,000-plus acres.

“During Andrew’s tenure, Bernheim has acquired over 1,500 acres of land, adding to Bernheim’s protected forest,” said Wourms in the announcement.

Separately this week, The Nature Conservancy announced one of the largest land projects in its history. According to an article on, the 100,000-acre property spans Kentucky and Tennessee, and is known as Ataya. “TNC’s management of the property will focus on maintaining and restoring forest health, protecting and improving water quality, providing outdoor recreation opportunities and supporting local economies.”

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