Kaniksu Land Trust Hires New Staff

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SANDPOINT, ID–The Kaniksu Land Trust is extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Regan Plumb as its new Land Protection Specialist.  The position will coordinate all of KLT’s private land conservation projects in north Idaho and northwest Montana.

“After looking at many, many qualified applicants, we selected Regan,” commented Eric Grace, KLT’s Executive Director.  “Regan has a passion for protecting the remarkable beauty of the region, diverse project management skills, a background in zoology and biology, a great personality and the communication skills necessary to interact with our diverse community.”

Regan is thrilled to be the newest member of staff at KLT.  A native of eastern Washington, she came home to the Northwest in 2007, drawn by the area’s beauty and outstanding natural resources.   She settled with her family in Bonners Ferry before moving to Sandpoint in 2013.

Regan holds a B.A. in biology from Colorado College and a research-based master’s degree in zoology from the University of Wyoming.  She has worked on wildlife issues across a spectrum of animals, including the Cabinet Yaak Grizzly DNA Project in Idaho and Montana.  She has also directed restoration work for the National Park Service.  She currently consults as a technical writer and is a certified science teacher.

In addition to Regan’s science-based work, she and her husband, Chad, own a fishing charter business, providing access to the beauty and diversity of the region to hundreds of visitors each year.   The couple also owns a contracting business which builds locally-sourced, energy-efficient homes.

The Kaniksu Land Trust is a non-profit based in Sandpoint that works with private landowners to permanently protect their land from development.  According to Plumb, “KLT has tools that landowners can use to ensure that the land they love remains as open space for future generations.  It will be my job to reach out to interested landowners and explore these options with them. Once we agree that conservation is the right thing to do, we will finalize the agreements to complete the project.”

In the past year, the Kaniksu Land Trust has witnessed a significant increase in landowner demand, according to Executive Director Grace.  “There are currently more than five projects in progress.  We need a second staff member to move these projects through to completion.  I am so happy to have Regan here to help the Kaniksu Land Trust and interested landowners achieve their shared conservation goals.”

Funding for the position comes from a generous grant from the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.  Regan is scheduled to start work in early July.