Unique Places CEO Awarded Private Landowner of the Year Jeff Fisher, CEO of Unique Places Awarded Private Landowner of the Year Award by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Posted on May 15, 2017 by UPLLC

Durham, N.C.—Jeff Fisher, CEO of Unique Places LLC, was presented with the 2015-2016 Regional Director’s Private Landowner of the Year award by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in a May 11, 2017 ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia.

The award was given in recognition of Fisher’s extraordinary contributions to the conservation of natural resources in the Southeast region. This is the first year for the award category, Private Landowner of the Year.  With roughly 90 percent of lands across the Southeast region privately held, these landowners are important partners to the success of the Service’s conservation efforts.

According to Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Southeast Regional Director’s Honor Awards Program recognizes volunteers, partners and employees who have made exceptional contributions to the conservation of the region’s fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. It is a way to show these individuals how much their contributions are valued.”

Tim Sweeney at 130 of Chatham LLC and Jeff Fisher at Unique Places LLC received the award for their efforts to preserve critical habitat and natural resources within the Box Creek Wilderness Natural Heritage Area which included land acquisition and management, working with a wide array of public and private stakeholders, ecological assessments, a complex eminent domain legal case, negotiations for conservation easements, and the largest American Chestnut restoration project in U.S. history.

Fisher was engaged with the land conservation project through his company, Unique Places LLC, a land, real estate and natural resource consulting company with offices in Durham (headquarters) and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unique Places works with landowners on a wide array of complex land, real estate and natural resource issues. Jeff has facilitated $500 million in land transactions and generated over $250 million in land conservation funding and tax benefits throughout his career. 

A strong partnership between Mr. Sweeney and Mr. Fisher and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has led to significant contributions to the conservation of rare plants and other native fish and wildlife species and habitats in the Box Creek Wilderness Natural Heritage Area in North Carolina.  Mr. Sweeney working through Mr. Fisher, has donated 6,000 acres of conservation easements to the Service that permanently protect southern Appalachian mountain bog habitats, advance the conservation of at-risk species, and contribute to wildlife corridor connectivity with other conserved lands in the state. 

Before co-founding Unique Places, Jeff served as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Delta Project in Arkansas and as Executive Director of the Tar River Land Conservancy. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he also holds a Masters of Environmental Management Degree with a concentration in Economics from Duke University. He lives with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina.

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