20 Under 40: New leaders, classic values

Jake R. Tibbles, 28
Thousand Islands Land Trust

Hometown: Clayton
Professional position: Executive director, Thousand Islands Land Trust
Family: Parents, Irene and Michael Tibbles; brother, Josh
Education: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, SUNY Cortland
Community involvement: Steering committee member, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization; co-chairman, St. Lawrence Chapter of Ducks Unlimited; member, Clayton Chamber of Commerce Winter Weekend Committee
Last book read: “Hearts, Smarts, Guts, and Luck: What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur and Build a Great Business” by Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington and Tsun-Yan Hsieh

Jake R. Tibbles grew up curious about the natural world around him.

Years later, the 28-year-old is now the Thousand Island Land Trust’s executive director. Now, it is his job to make people as excited about conservation as he is.

“Spending much of my high school years either in the science lab or the outdoors, I began to develop a strong understanding of why the Thousands Islands region is so special,” he wrote in an email. “It was my deep passion and affinity for our region that drove my pursuit of a career in environmental conservation and land protection.”

Mr. Tibbles’ impact does not just stop at TILT, though. He is also involved in several local clubs and organizations, such as the St. Lawrence Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Thousand Islands Young Leaders Organization and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce.

“As a steering committee member of TIYLO, I have been a part of carrying out its mission to work together for the betterment of our communities in the Thousand Islands region, with a concentration on the environmental sustainability and for the personal development of the young leaders and community members who reside here,” he said.

Additionally, he has recently headed the Zenda Community Garden and the village’s first Arbor Day tree planting ceremony.

-Reena Singh
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