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Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson pulling weeds

Suzanne Thompson

Nix the Knotweed

Suzanne Thompson, an environmental activist and professional communicator, arrived in Connecticut in 2002. After careers that spanned from radio-TV reporter to Capitol Hill legislation, Federal financial regulatory agency policy and communications for life sciences corporations, she has returned to her roots of producing radio, video and print articles and presentations about the interrelated topics of gardening, environment, natural resources and land conservation. Thompson has BS degrees in Urban Horticulture and Journalism from Kansas State University and Masters degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Since 2006, she has been producing radio shows, writing for newspapers and magazines and on social media. She has been Save the Sound’s Save Oswegatchie Hills Coalition outreach coordinator, working to help preserve and protect 236 acres of coastal forest on the Niantic River in East Lyme, CT.  She is chair of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, serving as an Old Lyme appointee to the regional entity that was established by statute in 1973 to preserve the unique scenic, ecological, scientific and historic value of the Connecticut River Conservation Zone.

A 2014 CT Master Gardener and a CT NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, she volunteers her time as co-leader of Pollinate Old Lyme! and as a director of the Mountain Laurel Chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization that advocates native plants and landscapes. Thompson launched the Nix the Knotweed campaign in 2020, organizing volunteer groups to tackle the most-complained-about invasive plant in our state with organic methods that professional organic landscaper Petie Reed, Perennial Harmony, started over 10 years ago in Niantic Village, CT.