The Conservancy Welcomes New Staffer

October 4, 2021

Living in Coeur d’Alene, ID with his wife, kids, and their covid pup, Jackson, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy’s newest staff member, Mike Crabtree says, “I am passionate about future generations enjoying wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and renewable resources as much as I have benefited them in my life. I can think of no better use of my time and energy than protecting clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and open spaces for the future.” 

Mike joins the Conservancy team as Land Protection Specialist, focusing on the big picture of what conservation in the Inland Northwest looks like now, and what it could be in the future. “I’d like to see a world in which people have a greater appreciation for and connection to the outdoors and natural surroundings. Undeveloped land is precious.” He points out that once it’s gone, it’s gone forever so this work is immediate and important. 

Born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Oregon, Mike grew up skiing, camping, and playing sports. He earned a degree in geography from Oregon State and most recently, worked for the Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District in McMinnville, Oregon. Of the Inland Northwest, Mike says, “I love the beauty and the diversity. The mountains, lakes, and rivers offer endless possibilities to connect with nature. As a parent, I especially love the opportunities for my children to enjoy the outdoors year-round.” 

Welcome, Mike! We are delighted to have you on our team.