Joe Hankins

Vice President, West virginia state director


joe hankinsJoe joined The Conservation Fund in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development and technology outreach in Appalachia. Today he provides leadership for our land conservation partnership work in West Virginia. Joe currently serves as a Trustee on the West Virginia DNR Wildlife Endowment Board and as Trustee and Chair of the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund. Working with colleagues and partners in 2016 Joe helped to protect over 32,000 acres in southern West Virginia for elk reintroduction, wildlife habitat and public outdoor access. The project is the largest single conservation acquisition and conveyance in West Virginia state agency history.

Joe is known for bringing a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to the modern issues in conservation. For two decades he led the Fund’s Freshwater Institute to an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production. Joe has worked with major pulp and paper companies in mill closure and remediation of wetlands in Arkansas and Mississippi, aquatic resource monitoring and species sampling in major river systems in Indiana and Illinois, and led a team developing an in-lieu fee mitigation program for Atlantic salmon in Maine.

Joe is active in local and regional work-groups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and life cycle assessment. Joe is author or co-author of over forty peer-reviewed publications. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Hood College and a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University. Joe resides in Rockymarsh Run watershed and works from Shepherdstown, WV.

Contact : jhankins@conservationfund.org   Phone: 304-876-2815, ext. 212   Office: Freshwater Institute, National Headquarters (WV)

Projects

Supporting Matorka

Supporting Matorka's Sustainable Expansion

Icelandic seafood producer Matorka has been growing Arctic char since 2010. As the company aspired to expand to grow...
Increased Research Capacity at New Aquaculture Research Laboratory

Increased Research Capacity at New Aquaculture Research Laboratory

For 30 years, The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute has led the way in the development of land-based recirculating aquaculture...
Get to Know the Freshwater Institute’s Spring Hill Salmon

Get to Know the Freshwater Institute’s Spring Hill Salmon

At the Freshwater Institute, we are a leader in the technology and design of aquaculture systems that make it...
Creating a Catch for Maryland Anglers

Creating a Catch for Maryland Anglers

Every year thousands of anglers cast a line into Maryland’s waters in hope of catching a variety of sport...
West Virginia Elk Habitat

West Virginia Elk Habitat

In the heart of West Virginia's southern coal fields, there is a long history of environmental conservation and economic...
Supporting Sustainable Fish Farming with Marine Harvest

Supporting Sustainable Fish Farming with Marine Harvest

For three decades, The Freshwater Institute has conducted research to develop and improve technologies that make fish cultivation a...
Freshwater Institute Partnership with Wegmans Food Markets

Freshwater Institute Partnership with Wegmans Food Markets

The Freshwater Institute, a program of The Conservation Fund, is one of the nation’s premier research and development facilities dedicated...
West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

West Virginia Tributary Strategies for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

While the Chesapeake Bay has played important roles in our nation’s heritage, the current impacts of pollution have created...
Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Freshwater Institute staff assisted with the “Watershed Education Initiative,” an environmental education program offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon...
Green Infrastructure Plan in West Virginia

Green Infrastructure Plan in West Virginia

Jefferson County, West Virginia, confronts haphazard growth that disrupts normal ecosystem functions and community vitality. The continued protection of the...