Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson
Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson, Board of Directors President, grew up on the shores of Pithlachocco (aka Newnans Lake). He served as the first Executive Director of Alachua Conservation Trust in 1989, and twenty years later came back to ACT where he has been Executive Director from 2008-2012. Hutch has also served as Executive Director of the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency and the Southeastern Forest Trust, and has worked with The Nature Conservancy and the Florida Museum of Natural History. He lives with his wife Meg Niederhofer in Flamingo Hammock, a community of friends that he co-founded in the early 1980s. Hutch is a musician with Weeds of Eden, and serves on numerous boards such as the Wagmore Foundation, No More Homeless Pets, and Friends of Paynes Prairie. Hutch co-founded Conservation Burial, Inc. and worked to acquire many ACT projects such as Tuscawilla Preserve, Prairie Creek Preserve, Phifer Flatwoods, Little Orange Creek Preserve, and others. Hutch served on the Alachua County Commission from 1998-2002, and was elected to the post again in 2012.