YARMOUTH — Alan B. Stearns of Hallowell was selected from among 26 applicants to become executive director of the Royal River Conservation Trust.
Stearns was deputy director of the state Bureau of Parks and Lands from 2007 until this year, and previously worked in the governor’s office and the state Department of Transportation. He also has experience in conservation land acquisitions, forest and recreational planning and easement stewardship.
RRCT is a regional land trust that holds conservation land and easements in a half a dozen towns in the Royal River watershed, extending from Yarmouth to Auburn.
Stearns succeeds Henry G. Nichols, who served as executive director for nine years.