09/18/2013 11:21 EDT | Updated 11/18/2013 05:12 EST

Bob Peart, Sierra Club BC Executive Director, Replaces George Heyman

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VICTORIA - The environmental group Sierra Club BC has a new executive director.

Long-time activist Bob Peart takes over leadership of the group on October 15.

He says he looks forward to working with government, business and industry in the search for ways to conserve B.C.'s biodiversity.

The Victoria resident comes to the leadership of Sierra Club BC after more than 30 years establishing and managing the province's park system and creating land use plans in sensitive regions such as the Tatshenshini, Stein, Kitlope, Khutzeymateen and Muskwa-Kechika.

Peart has also been the Canadian leader in a newly created movement to get children and families back outside and into nature.

He replaces George Heyman, who was elected to the B.C. legislature in May.

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