FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A conservation leader who has worked to support national parks, as well as parks in New York City, is taking over as the new president of Connecticut Audubon Society.

Alexander Brash is scheduled to begin his new job at Sept. 9. He succeeds Robert Martinez, who retired in August after serving 10 years as president of the independent conservation organization.

Brash will oversee a staff of 30.

Brash previously served as senior director for the northeast region of the National Parks Conservation Association, where he worked since 2004.

During his tenure, Brash opened a regional office and helped to raise more than $40 million.

He has also worked for the New York City Department of Park and Recreation.

Connecticut Audubon, based in Fairfield, owns 19 sanctuaries covering 2,600 acres.

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