Michael Kirshenbaum is the Conservation Director at the Skagit Land Trust, where he has worked since 2007. He leads the land trust’s implementation of its conservation strategy and the protection of new property. Before becoming Conservation Director, Michael worked as the Trust’s Stewardship Director and was responsible for monitoring, management and restoration of over 5,000 acres of conservation lands. Previously, he was a wilderness ranger at North Cascades National Park for seven years and worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. He has a Master of Science in Geography / Natural Resource Policy from Western Washington University. He is very familiar with Skagit County, having lived from Marblemount to Bayview, providing him with a deep understanding of both the natural landscape and social values of the county.
“I am excited to continue to serve on the Skagit Watershed Council Board of Directors. The Watershed Council serves as a key partner and organizer of the Skagit’s rich diversity of conservation organizations, agencies and governments. From my experience at Skagit Land Trust, I have learned that as a community we can achieve much more in working collaboratively and in partnership than by acting alone. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts and the Watershed Council makes achieving that success possible. I hope that my wide-ranging experience in the Skagit — from my experience at North Cascades National Park to my years managing and conserving the many beloved acres owned and protected by Skagit Land Trust — will help me continue to contribute to the Watershed Council’s mission and goals.”