Elected Position #1

Growing up between the beautiful beaches and mountains of California, Samantha nurtured her growing passion for conservation from an early age. Since deciding to make the rural community of Rainier her home for the past 13 years, she’s dedicated her life to supporting the growth and enrichment throughout her community.

With a BA in Natural Resource Management and a BS in Biological Sciences from The Evergreen State College, Samantha has had diverse background of experiences including spending time studying rotational grazing, soil health, and the impacts of limited resources on agricultural operations in water deficient Southeast Oregon. She spent some time working with the Nature Conservancy, promoting the symbiotic and beneficial relationship between wildlife habitats and working agricultural lands. In addition, she had the opportunity to aid in many habitat restoration and invasive species removal projects first-hand, enjoying the many years of experience getting her hands dirty and working in the field; Included is time she spent working with the Silver Springs Cattle Ranch in Tenino, learning the ins and outs of all natural beef production and putting her soil science background to good use assisting with the construction of a new local composting facility. Now, as Site Manager for Silver Springs Organics, she oversees the compost facility and staff, and works to educate the community on the importance of soil health and sustainable land management, along with the connection of human impacts to all of our natural resources.

“I believe in the unique ability Thurston Conservation District has to serve the entire Thurston County community, urban and rural. I will always be passionate about sustainable resource management, voluntary conservation and being involved in my community,” stated Samantha.

Her main goals are to:

  • Provide more educational and economic resources to our rural communities;
  • Support local agricultural production;
  • Educate every citizen about their role in improving the health of Puget Sound and our local watersheds!