In what the organization is calling a “bittersweet moment,” Wildness Workshop Executive Director Sloan Shoemaker announced his resignation from the position last week — but although the news marks the end of a 21-year run in that role, it doesn’t mean the end of Shoemaker’s involvement with the Carbondale conservation nonprofit.

Currently, he’s working to ease the transition for Will Roush, who will be promoted from his current position of conservation director in September.

“It’s not really up to me where the organization goes,” Shoemaker said of his new responsibilities at Wilderness Workshop. “I have to let go. But how I’m going to engage further is to be available as a support for Will.”

Additionally, Shoemaker will remain as a consultant and fulfill what he feels are obligations to special projects he helped start — most notably in the near future, he’ll be organizing a panel to discuss wolf reintroduction in the area.

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