Staff Biography

Toni Hardesty

State Director

Toni Hardesty joined The Nature Conservancy in Idaho in February 2012. As state director, she oversees the Conservancy’s work around Idaho, focusing on collaborative conservation projects that protect land and water for nature and people.
Prior to assuming her post with the Conservancy, Toni served as director of Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality. She was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne in 2004 and then reappointed by Governors James Risch and C.L. “Butch” Otter. In this role, she was responsible for leading efforts to preserve the quality of Idaho’s air, land and water for a variety of uses and enjoyment now and in the future.

Toni has also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in the private sector as an environmental consultant working with and assisting private industry, government agencies and non-profits on a wide range of environmental issues. She has a bachelor’s in Environmental Health from Boise State University.
Toni, her husband Doug, and children are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy backpacking, hiking, skiing and exploring the special places in Idaho.


Toni Hardesty

State Director


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