Sam Truslow knew he wanted to work in the conservation field after studying environmental and biological conservation at the University of Virginia. After graduation, he left Virginia for the mountains of North Carolina where he worked as a research assistant studying salamanders in the headwater streams of the Nantahala National Forest. He returned to Virginia in 2007 to work as a protection coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, later transitioning into the role of land steward, where he has been hard at work ever since.
“I grew up camping and trout fishing in the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area, near the Shenandoah National Park. That’s where I made my earliest connections with nature. I have some great memories from that part of the world.”
“I like taking the big picture conservation strategies developed by the Conservancy’s leadership and translating them into on-the-ground projects. It’s particularly rewarding for me to do this in Virginia. I have a deep connection with the state’s natural landscape and enjoy the hands-on, action-oriented work of land management.”
Sam hopes to increase the public’s access and enjoyment of The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia preserves. “Connecting people with nature leads them to think about and support the environment in their everyday decisions.”