The legendary light and rich palette of colors on display across the landscape attracts photographers and artists from around the world.
Sunset at Silver Creek The legendary light and rich palette of colors on display across the landscape attracts photographers and artists from around the world. © Steve Dondero


The Nature Conservancy in Idaho Welcomes New Conservation Director

The Nature Conservancy in Idaho is pleased to announce Laurel Angell as its new Conservation Director, effective January 25, 2021. This is a pivotal role on the Chapter’s executive leadership team that will advance conservation efforts in Idaho.

Conservation Director, Idaho
Laurel Angell Conservation Director, Idaho © Courtesy of Laurel Angell

Angell joins TNC with a breadth of experience working on environmental policy, campaigns, and communications in both Washington, D.C and the West. In her new role as Conservation Director, Angell will oversee TNC’s major conservation initiatives in Idaho, including conserving land and water, scaling up regenerative agriculture and resilient water supply strategies and galvanizing Idaho climate action.

In addition to managing Idaho’s conservation, protection and stewardship teams, Angell will build key partnerships with public and private stakeholders around the state—from government agencies to landowners—to find innovative solutions that preserve nature and achieve conservation goals.

“I am thrilled to have Laurel at the helm of our important conservation initiatives that will serve as pillars for the Chapter’s strategic plan,” said Mark Menlove, the Idaho State Director for The Nature Conservancy. “Her extensive experiences will strengthen TNC’s position as a climate leader in Idaho as we pursue our ambitious conservation goals—from implementing natural climate solutions that address the effects of climate change in our state, to preserving the land, water and communities that make Idaho so unique.”

Prior to joining TNC, Angell served as Executive Director of the Western Energy Project, where she built and managed campaigns that helped secure landmark protections for the sage grouse, as well as regulations to limit methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands. She developed her policy experience throughout a decade of work in Washington D.C., including serving as Policy Advisor and Legislative Staff to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Angell has also served as a strategic consultant on regenerative agriculture, water and wildlife connectivity issues in Montana, Idaho and California. 

Angell came to the environmental field quite naturally, having grown up in Yosemite National Park and spent the early part of her career working in parks such as Grand Canyon and Shenandoah National Parks. She received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. and M.S.E.L from Vermont Law School. She was an adjunct Professor of Law at The Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., and is a PhD candidate in American Environmental History at Montana State University.

“As we continue to see the urgent impacts of climate change on Idaho’s lands, waters and way of life, there’s no better organization to meet the moment than TNC with its partnership-based, nonpartisan approach,” said Laurel Angell. “I’m excited to bring my experiences to an organization working to tackle Idaho’s biggest conservation challenges and find bold solutions that sustain its critical natural and human communities.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.