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Berkshire Sanctuaries Director Becky Cushing-Gop, shown outside of the barn at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary in 2018, will now oversee all wildlife sanctuaries from the Connecticut River Valley west to the New York border as director of Mass Audubon West.

LENOX — Becky Cushing-Gop, director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries, has been promoted to oversee all of the land conservation nonprofit’s Western Massachusetts centers.

Her enhanced responsibilities reflect “Mass Audubon’s pledge to become a more effective, efficient, and responsive organization,” according to an announcement from Mass Audubon’s headquarters in Lincoln.

For six years, Cushing-Gop has managed the Berkshire County sanctuaries — Pleasant Valley in Lenox, Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield, Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield and Tracy Brook in Richmond.

As director of Mass Audubon West, she will now oversee all wildlife sanctuaries from the Connecticut River Valley west to the New York border. Added to her portfolio are Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, Conway Hills in Conway, Graves Farm in Williamsburg, High Ledges in Shelburne, Laughing Brook in Hampden, Lynes Woods in Westhampton, Poor Farm Hill in New Salem, Richardson Brook in Tolland, Road’s End in Worthington, and West Mountain in Plainfield.

Cushing-Gop, who recently married William Gop, the Lenox DPW superintendent, will work closely with Jonah Keane, the Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries director. He will share his substantial knowledge of the additional properties and the communities they serve.

Cushing-Gop holds an master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s Field Naturalist program and a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College in Vermont. A graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School and Sea Education Association, she was awarded a Berkshire “40 under Forty” recognition in 2019.

She intends to ensure that Mass Audubon West wildlife sanctuaries “serve as valued resources for their communities and that residents discover that these nature oases can offer visitors sanctuary in every sense of the word,” the announcement stated. Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land statewide, and last year attracted more than 500,000 visitors to wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers.