Audubon South Carolina is bringing in two new people to help lead the state’s conservation efforts.

Timothy Evans has been hired as statewide forest manager and Alma Busby-Williams is the new center manager at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Tim and Alma to Audubon South Carolina,” said Sharon Richardson, executive director of Audubon South Carolina. “Each has the rich professional expertise, deep personal conviction and clear, forward-looking vision we need to continue growing Audubon’s reach and ability to protect birds and the places they need today, and in the future.”

Evans is a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist, forester and Geographic Information Systems specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in resource management in both the public and private sectors.

His responsibilities will include oversight and management of Audubon’s Silver Bluff and Francis Beidler Forest sanctuaries, which comprise more than 22,000 acres of ecologically diverse forests, fields, lakes, ponds, streams, and swamps.

He will also work to expand the state’s bird-friendly forestry outreach for birds facing increasing threats to habitat.

Evans joins Audubon South Carolina with a Masters from Clemson’s Forest Program, and a career with Anderson-Tully, where he served for 15 years as the forest technical services administrator.

According to a news release, he has been active in state and local chapters of the Society of American Foresters.

Busby-Williams will draw on her background in consulting and nonprofit fundraising in her role as center manager, where she will oversee general operations as well as community outreach and education and programming at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.

In addition to increasing visitorship and improving visitor experience at the center, Busby-Williams will work to ensuring meaningful diversity and inclusion in center staffing, programming and engagement.

She will also leverage her legal background when expanding the program opportunities on Audubon’s land at Beidler, which includes over 18,000 acres and is the sum of over 54 land acquisition deals that all have varying levels of protection.

She also served as an outreach committee member for the Oakland Zoo and as a board member of the East Bay Chapter of the Amigos de las Americas for three years.