AUGUSTA, Maine — One of Maine’s most visible environmental groups is announcing a new executive director.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine said Tuesday that Lisa Pohlmann of Jefferson is the organization’s new executive director. Pohlmann succeeds Brownie Carson, who’s stepping down later this months after 26 years with the council.

The Natural Resources Council is an active participant in environmental policy development at the State House. Board president Bill Houston says Pohlmann has what it takes to lead the 12,000-member organization.

Pohlmann’s served on the board of directors for seven years, including two years as board president. She became deputy director in 2008 and managed its 23-member staff. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.