I have some exciting news to share. After thirty-plus years with Western Rivers Conservancy, including co-founding the organization and serving as president for over a decade, the time has come for me to step aside and give someone else the opportunity to lead the most amazing river conservation organization around.
Leaving WRC is difficult beyond words, but the moment is perfect. WRC is stronger and more capable today than at any time in its history. Our staff is outstanding down to the individual, and our board is engaged, passionate and committed. And we have an incredible suite of foundation, agency, corporate and Tribal Nation partners across the West that believe in and support our work.
In other words, WRC’s next leader will take the reins of a thriving organization. This is an exciting place to be. Right now, we have nearly 30 projects underway in seven states, protecting thousands of acres on rivers like the Big Hole, Clark Fork, John Day, Yakima, Trinity, Klamath and Salmon.
WRC’s board of directors is now launching a national search with the support of an executive search firm. Our own network of people who know and care about our work will also be pivotal to this endeavor. So, if you know someone who might make a great fit for this position, please send them here. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a one-of-a-kind organization that is delivering meaningful, lasting outcomes for the great rivers of the West.
I feel grateful every day that I get to work with such talented people, who care deeply about rivers. And I am grateful to know that with these people, including you, I am leaving a legacy of healthy, free-flowing rivers for generations to come—generations of fish, wildlife and people alike.
Meanwhile, I remain at the oars to continue our work. Stay tuned for news about our search, and watch out for our next Riverlands Express to learn about some of our latest projects. Together, we will continue to make a lasting difference for the great rivers of the West.
For the love of rivers,