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Catherine Macdonald, Conservation Director

“As a native Oregonian, my commitment to conservation grew from the opportunity to explore and experience our great state. The Nature Conservancy’s grounding in science and collaborative approach are what keep me inspired every day.”
Cathy got started in conservation as a college intern for The Nature Conservancy. Post college, Cathy was hired as the Oregon land steward where she built one of the Conservancy’s strongest science and stewardship programs in the country.

Today Cathy is the Oregon Conservation Director. She leads the Chapter’s strategic planning, science, land protection and regional conservation initiatives designed to protect and restore Oregon’s lands and water. Cathy holds a Master of Science from Oregon State University. In 2005 she received the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetlands Award for conservation and restoration.


Catherine Macdonald

Oregon Conservation Director
The Nature Conservancy

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