LEWISTON – Barbara Trafton of Auburn, newest Nature Conservancy board member, met with Peter Geiger, executive vice president of Geiger in Lewiston, to thank him for his recent support for the Corporate Conservation Council of Maine.

The nine-year-old council is composed of businesses, large and small, from across the state. Council members provide strategic and business expertise as well as financial support to the conservancy as it seeks to protect ecologically significant lands, waters and natural resources throughout Maine.

“Protecting Maine means taking action to conserve our resources before they are lost,” said Trafton. “That’s why Maine businesses are willing to put a portion of their profits to work on behalf of future generations. Business leaders recognize that when they invest their time and money in conservation, it’s good for business, good for their customers, employees and neighbors. It’s good for Maine.”

Founded in 1878, Geiger is the nation’s largest family-owned and managed promotional products distributor, employs 500 at its headquarters and in 15 field sales offices and supports 450 independent promotional consultants and more than 50,000 customers.

The conservancy is a private nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to the protection of the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Since its founding in 1956 by Rachel Carson and others, the Maine Chapter has protected hundreds of thousands of acres of Maine’s wildlife habitat. With the help of individual, corporate and foundation supporters and numerous volunteers, the chapter owns and manages Maine’s largest system of privately owned nature preserves.

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