Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust has announced the appointment of Catherine Rawson as executive director.

A regional land trust headquartered in Kent, Weantinoge permanently protects more than 10,000 acres in 17 northwestern Connecticut communities, from Newtown to Canaan.

Ms. Rawson comes to Weantinoge from the office of the state Attorney General, where she had served as an assistant attorney general.

"We are delighted to have Catherine Rawson join Weantinoge," said Hiram Williams, president of the land trust's board. "She knows our area well, having grown up in Roxbury, and she is extremely well qualified to lead our organization."

"We conducted a national search for the executive director's position," Ms. Williams said, "and are delighted that the most qualified person for the job is also someone who grew up in Litchfield County."

Ms. Rawson has extensive experience in the environmental field.

A graduate of Bates College in Maine and the Vermont School of Law, where she studied environmental law, she also has a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Her environmental experience includes work in both the public and private sectors.

Besides serving as a law clerk for the Environment Division of the California Department of Justice and General Electric's Corporate Environmental Programs, she has worked for several other nonprofit organizations in Connecticut on environmental program management and education.

Ms. Rawson advised clients of both the Vermont Law School Environmental Law Clinic and the Yale Law School Environmental Clinic on various environmental issues, most often relating to the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.

In Vermont, she served on the Vermont Law Review, the Journal of National Security Law and as research editor for a series on Litigating Tort Cases.

She was recognized for academic achievement at the Vermont Law School with American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Legal Writing.

Ms. Rawson attended Booth Free School in Roxbury, Shepaug Valley High School in Washington and The Taft School in Watertown.

Her mother, Margaret Miner, has been involved in environmental affairs as executive director of Rivers Alliance of Connecticut.