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Board Member Elections

Board Members Up for Election

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Brad Furlong: Brad Furlong lives on Fir Island with his wife, Eileen Butler, where they raised three children. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Brad is a retired attorney who worked with the Skagit Land Trust as its pro bono legal counsel for over twenty years. He is an avid cyclist, hiker, skier and snowshoer. Of particular interest to Brad are the history of polar exploration and the effects of colonization on the American West. Brad’s love for the Skagit goes back to the 1970s when he began to backpack and climb in the North Cascades. The suburbanization he witnessed growing up in California’s Diablo Valley motivates Brad to help advance SLT’s mission to preserve habitat in the Skagit.

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Steve Johnson: Steve joined the Trust’s board in 2009. He served as Skagit Land Trust’s Stewardship Chair for the past 12 years, helping staff and volunteers carry out the important work of land management once a property is conserved forever. He co-founded North Cascades Family Physicians and retired as a family practitioner. After raising their family beside Barney Lake – and helping to conserve that beautiful land as a conservation area - Steve and his wife Robyn, now call Anacortes home.

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Tim Manns: Tim Manns retired from the National Park Service after assignments at North Cascades National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, and elsewhere. He also serves on the board of Skagit Audubon Society and is on the Skagit County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Tim and his wife Brenda Cunningham have volunteered with Skagit Land Trust for many years. Tim is an avid birder, community advocate, and naturalist who was Chief of Interpretation for North Cascades National Park. Over the past 25 years he has contributed in many ways to help Skagit Land Trust including being the lead planner for many Trust interpretive signs; being the “fact checker” for the Trust’s book, Natural Skagit; undertaking numerous bird surveys for the Trust; leading swanrise walks; and serving on the Trust’s Public Policy and Land Committees. He is currently Board Secretary. Tim and Brenda have been Trust members since 1994. They have been stewards of the Barney Lake Conservation Area since 1998.

Barb Trask PictureBarb Trask: Barb joined the Skagit Land Trust board in 2012. She has had an impact both locally in conservation efforts and internationally in the field of genomics - a branch of molecular biology focused on the genetic makeup of organisms. She retired as the Senior Vice President of Fred Hutchinson Research Center and Director of its Human Biology Division in Seattle. Barb then moved to Birdsview with her husband Ger van den Engh, becoming farm owners when they rescued one of last big farms in the Skagit Upriver community from development. They placed a conservation easement on their land in 2007 to conserve both the farm and wildlife habitat. Barb serves as the Board Treasurer, and on the Executive and Investment Committees.

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