Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead has named architect and INtown columnist Melody Harclerode as its new executive director.

This 30-acre greenspace on Roswell Road just finished a 3-mile walking trail known as the Blueway Trail under the direction of outgoing Executive Director Kevin McCauley. The project has taken 3 years to complete and Blue Heron raised over $750,000 for trail construction and improvements.

“We are thrilled to welcome Melody to Blue Heron,”  McCauley said. “She has a passion for the natural world and brings a wealth of experience to expand the opportunities for us to bring an understanding and appreciation for this special place.”

“Blue Heron Nature Preserve has inspired children and adults about nature through the arts, education, conservation, research, and innovative projects for twenty years,” Harclerode said. “Building upon Kevin McCauley’s accomplishments, I am honored to work with the staff, board members, and volunteers, as the new executive director, to boost the impact, support, and appreciation of this amazing green space in Atlanta.”

Blue Heron Nature Preserve shares its facilities at 4055 Roswell Road with the Atlanta Audubon Society and The Amphibian Foundation, making the Preserve an environmental asset unlike any other in metro-Atlanta.