Senior Habitat Restoration Specialist

Mara Healy has been with Thurston Conservation District since January 2017, working first as a Habitat Technician and now as the Habitat Specialist where she brings voluntary natural resource management, conservation and restoration to Thurston County landowners.

Mara’s educational background is in Aquatic Ecology and Science Communication, from Western Washington University. Before joining the TCD team, Mara worked as a research and field technician on various projects with the Wetlands Adaptation Group, University of Washington and Conservation Science Partners, as well as the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Mara is a lifelong resident of Thurston County with a strong connection to its diverse ecological systems and communities. Through her work at TCD, Mara develops and implements multi-benefit conservation projects that support both agricultural viability and resource conservation goals.

In her free time Mara loves tending her kitchen and flower gardens, enjoying good food and adventuring with her dog.

Educational Degrees & Certifications/Licenses:

  • Bachelors Degree in Freshwater Ecology and Science Communication
  • NAI certified interpretive Guide
  • USFWS Mazama Pocket Gopher Mound Identification Certification
  • WDFW Fish Passage Training Certification