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The Nisqually Land Trust acquires and manages critical lands to permanently protect the water, wildlife, natural areas and scenic vistas of the Nisqually River watershed.

Office Location:
100 Brown Farm Road NE
Olympia, WA 98516

 Mailing Address:
1420 Marvin Rd. NE
Ste. C PMB 243
Lacey, WA 98516

Telephone:  (360) 489-3400
Fax:  (360) 489-3333


Board of Directors

J.W. Foster

J.W. Foster became Nisqually Land Trust's second president in March, 2012.  He is a retired Firefighter/paramedic and has lived with his wife Nicki and their four children in Yelm since 1995. Together they have volunteered on many projects with the Land Trust and appreciate the hard work and commitment of the many others who have made the Land Trust’s mission so successful. J.W. is also a Yelm City Councilman.

Vice President
Mary Gentry

Natives of Eastern Washington, Mary Gentry and her husband Fred moved to Olympia in 1966 and never seriously considered living anywhere else. After teaching for  several years in the Yelm and Tumwater school districts, Mary went to law school and subsequently joined her husband in private practice with an emphasis on estate planning. Mary assisted a number of people in establishing conservation easements as well as gifts to existing land trusts or family foundations created specifically for preservation and conservation. Preparing for an ascent on Mount Rainer during her first year of law school not only provided some balance to her life but also established a enduring love of hiking and climbing in the Cascades and Olympics. Mary Gentry brings extensive experience working with non profits to the NLT board, both as a member and an advisor.

Ann Ryherd

During a 33-year career in Washington state government, Ann held numerous senior management positions including Director of the Office of Financial Management, Assistant State Treasurer and Executive Director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board.  She also served as a member and as Chair of the Pollution Control and Shorelines Hearings Boards.  In addition to state government, Ann held positions in higher education administration and served for 9 years as a member of the Group Health Board of Trustees.  Ann has a life-long interest in conservation and, along with her husband, Mike, has long supported the Nisqually Land Trust

  Thomas Ginsburg

Tom Ginsburg is a born volunteer. It’s not unusual to find Tom pulling up invasive weeds on precious habitat, manning booths at fairs or rallying support for the Land Trust. Tom also volunteers with the Conservation District Stream Team, as an Ambassador for the WA/AK chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and he also serves on the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington’s State Conference Committee. Tom is a project surveyor for an engineering and surveying firm in the South Sound and lives on the Eastern Reach of the Nisqually, in DuPont, with his wife, Bianca, and their four cats.

Board Member
Steve Craig


Steve Craig is retired from the Washington State Department of Ecology. He is a past president of the Nisqually River Council and is currently president of the Nisqually River Interpretive Foundation. Steve has been a board member since 1989.

Board Member
Mary Foster

Mary Foster resides in the Upper Nisqually Valley where she volunteers as a Nisqually Stream Steward and is a member of the Nisqually River Citizens Advisory Committee and a participant in the Upper Nisqually Community Forum. Mary commits herself to several organizations that strive toward preservation and enhancement of the environmental, social, and economic integrity of the Nisqually Watershed.

Board Member
Brad Jones

Brad Jones is very much an outdoors person and has always loved Mount Rainier and the rivers that flow from it. A volunteer introduced Brad to the Land Trust by inviting him to our annual auction. A growing appreciation of the Land Trust’s mission and its supporters led him to join the Board of Directors. Jones is the owner and CEO of Retail Management Solutions (RMS) a leading supplier of innovative point-of-sale solutions for pharmacies and hospitals throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a pilot for seven years.

Board Member
William Kogut

William Kogut is a general practice attorney in Chehalis, with a commitment to the environment and to conservation. He became a member of Land Trust in 1991 and joined the Board in 1996.

Board Member
Nano Perez

Nano Perez, a Nisqually tribal member, was born and raised in the Nisqually Watershed where his ancestors fished, hunted and gathered for thousands of years. He has worked for the Nisqually Department of Natural Resources for the last 16 years and is dedicated to the restoration, protection and overall health of the Nisqually watershed because it is important for the Nisqually people. His favorite pastimes are diving for geoduck, canoe journeys, and watching football.

Board Member
Judith Scavone

Judy Scavone comes to the Land Trust from the Nisqually Headwaters Coalition, a community group working to preserve the pristine quality of the Ashford area. Judy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mount Tahoma Trails Association, where she takes great pleasure in facilitating quality outdoor experiences for people from all over the region. Employed at Mt. Rainier National Park, Judy enjoys sharing her love for this local natural wonder, whether hiking, biking or cross-country skiing.

Past President
George Walter

George Walter served as NLT president from the  Land Trust's formation in 1989 until March, 2012. He has served as an Environmental Program Supervisor for the Nisqually Tribe since 1978 and is an expert on the Nisqually basin.  George currently serves on NLT's Board of Directors and its Lands Committee.



Executive Director
Joe Kane

Joe Kane is the best-selling author of Running the Amazon and Savages. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, National Geographic and many other publications. He served on the Land Trust Board of Directors from 1998-2004 and was named Executive Director in 2005.

Associate Director
Kim Bredensteiner

Kim Bredensteiner joined Nisqually Land Trust in March 2009. Her work experience includes conservation and field biology work in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, five years as salmon recovery coordinator for Island County, over 10 years working with GIS, and teaching and managing environmental education programs.


Operations Associate
Nikki Dizon

Nikki Dizon interned with the Nisqually Land Trust in 2011 and joined our staff in 2012.  She is a graduate of Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, where she studied environmental policy.  She was also a volunteer for Whatcom Land Trust and interned with Capitol Land Trust.

Associate Director
Nicole Hill

Nicole Hill joined Nisqually Land Trust in 2010 as Conservation Project Manager. Nicole has worked professionally in the conservation field for more than 10 years partnering with business, agencies, and individuals to conserve natural areas, park space, and working forests and farms. She has a BS in Natural Resource Management from Ball State University and did her graduate work at Clemson University in Land Use Planning.

Land Steward
Charly Kearns

Charly Kearns has tracked spotted owls in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, performed water quality analysis on Isle Royal National Park, helped to protect sea turtles in Costa Rica, and was an Urban Forestry Specialist with AmeriCorps GreenCorps in Minnesota.  Charly was the Land Trust's 2011-2012 AmeriCorps intern and then became our newest Land Steward.

Volunteer Coordinator
Cris Peck

AmeriCorps member Cris Peck graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Hiram College. He has worked on restoration projects throughout the Midwest, including the infamous Cuyahoga River watershed. He has experience in restoring and developing wetlands, and in watershed education. Cris has a keen passion for protecting the water table, and is excited to learn about the Nisqually Watershed.

Philanthropy Coordinator
Candi Tobin

Candi Tobin graduated with a major in Environmental Studies from Pacific Lutheran University in 2008. She enjoyed internships with the Tahoma Audubon Society, the U.S.F.S and the Thurston Conservation District before joining the NLT as the Administrative Assistant.