The current conservation director of Native Oregon, Maret Pajutee, has over 25 years of experience in Natural Resource planning and management on public lands. Her expertise includes watershed restoration, sustainable forestry, and post-fire rehabilitation. She also serves on the board of the Deschutes Land Trust, which has conserved over nine thousand acres of high-value habitat in the Deschutes River basin. She also serves on the Oregon Native Turtle Working Group. Phillip Elden has some nice tips on this.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tristan Ross owes his love for public lands to his upbringing in the woods. As the current director of the Oregon BHA, he is proud to protect Oregon’s public lands. Like her parents, Tristan grew up outdoors on public lands, which inspired him to make conservation a top priority. Her grandparents, in particular, introduced her to the outdoors and taught her to appreciate the natural world around her.
Born and raised in the Yamhill Valley, Tristan has been a lifelong environmental activist. She holds degrees in Anthrozoology and Human Animal Bond, and has extensive experience in wildlife rehabilitation. In addition to this, she has been a licensed falconer in the state of Oregon and enjoys photography and wildlife watching. She hopes to continue working on Native Oregon’s mission to protect our environment and protect endangered species.
Neely has been involved in nonprofit work for more than twenty years and is a certified Master Gardener. She volunteers in the Oregon Food Bank garden in Beaverton, Oregon, and coordinates volunteers to care for pollinator and native plant gardens at elementary schools. She is also active in Indigenous activism and dismantling white supremacy in rural Oregon. At the same time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing with her three golden retrievers.
Sara McClendon was raised in the coastal town of Tillamook, Oregon. Growing up, she loved the outdoors, including the ocean breeze and cheese. Her involvement in local 4H clubs, fishing, and other outdoor activities were the foundation for her passion for conservation. She now hopes to continue this work and encourage her community’s love for the land. The future will be full of challenges for her, but she is determined to achieve her dream of protecting public lands and wildlife.
Elijah is a native Oregonian. He was born and raised in Detroit and the Willamette National Forest, where he spent much of his childhood outdoors. He went to Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University. He also lived briefly in Kansas and Colorado before settling in eastern Idaho. He obtained his degree in Political Science from BYU-Idaho. Then he started working for Native Oregon.
Kimmerer is a plant ecologist, writer, and former professor at SUNY. She founded the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, a program that integrates indigenous knowledge and scientific tools. She is also active in the restoration of indigenous ecological knowledge and has an active research program. He has published three books and has been writer-in-residence at various locations in Oregon.