The Nature Conservancy has named Mike Stevens, an innovative conservation leader, to be the new state director for Washington. He started Nov. 26.
Stevens has 20 years of experience in land and wildlife conservation, conservation biology, and leadership and management of conservation and business organizations. Most recently, he was the co-founder of Pioneer Mountain Group, which designs and implements land and natural resource management and conservation projects. Stevens also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Lava Lake Land & Livestock. He has received national recognition for his work, including the Cecil D. Andrus Leadership Award for Sustainability and Conservation from Sustainable Northwest, and national conservation awards from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. He has also worked for the Idaho and New Hampshire chapters of The Nature Conservancy.
“Mike’s extensive experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and stellar reputation for working across boundaries with a wide variety of people, make him a tremendous fit for The Nature Conservancy,” said Scott Wyatt, chairman of the board of trustees for the Conservancy’s Washington Chapter and managing partner at NBBJ, a leading international architecture firm.
“One of the Conservancy’s core strengths is its ability to lead catalytic initiatives--whether it’s a big land deal, innovative approaches to resource management and governance, or building public-private coalitions,” Stevens said. “With Washington’s rich array of landscapes and marine ecosystems and its place as global hub of commerce and philanthropy, the Washington Chapter is well positioned to pursue these initiatives. As part of the team, I am committed to giving the people of Washington tangible opportunities to participate as an advocate, volunteer or funder for important conservation efforts. I look forward to working together to build on the chapter’s legacy of benefitting nature and people.”
The Washington Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is headquartered in Seattle, with conservation programs focused on Puget Sound, the Washington coast, Eastern Washington forests and Washington’s sagelands.
Stevens will oversee a staff of 73 and an annual budget of about $18 million. He replaces Karen Anderson, who resigned earlier this year to spend time with her young children.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy in Washington