About Us

Building on more than 20 years of trust in the community, our mission is clear: to inspire people to care for the land of the Methow Valley.

The Methow Conservancy is using innovative and powerful approaches to:

  • Protect healthy land, clean water and fresh air
  • Connect people to the land

  • Support local agriculture
  • Be a role model for the rural mountain West
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Mazama Fall by Jason Paulsen

A Delicate Balance:

What does it mean to be a role model for the rural mountain West? Like any ecosystem, it's a delicate balance. It's enough healthy habitat protected so wildlife can thrive and enough thoughtful development to embrace people, too. It's fertile soils that still support agriculture and a community that values that heritage. It's a resilient economy vibrant with visitors and cutting-edge opportunities and yet still "undiscovered" enough to allow for solitude and quiet. It's diverse people who care for each other and for the land.

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Our float in a local parade by Mary Kiesau

Our Beginnings:

The Methow Conservancy formed from a 1996 merger between the Methow Valley Land Trust and the Methow Valley Environmental Center. What started as an energetic vision to protect land in the Valley has grown into a well-respected mainstay of the Methow Valley community. Now, the Methow Conservancy now has a staff of 11, an active board of 12 Valley landowners, and a membership base of almost 1000 households and businesses. After more than two decades of conservation, we've come to understand that our land protection work does not, and cannot happen independent from all other aspects of life in the Methow Valley.

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Bear Creek Birders photo by Mary Kiesau

Our Mission:

To inspire people to care for the land of the Methow Valley.

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Spring hike by Jason Paulsen

Our Vision:


We envision the Methow Valley as a place where people care for the land and know that the vibrancy and sustainability of the economy is based on the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The Methow Conservancy:

  • Dedicates itself to preserving the Methow Valley

  • Acts with integrity

  • Encourages private, voluntary participation in land conservation

  • Provides careful, ongoing stewardship of protected lands

  • Offers opportunities for community education and engagement
  • Recognizes and Honors that this landscape has been loved by many diverse people for generations and generations and that all of these voices matter in conversations about the future of the Valley

We believe that a love of the land is the common denominator in the Methow Valley and we believe that when people share that common ground, amazing things can happen.

— Jason Paulsen, Executive Director

The Methow Conservancy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Join us and choose a future for the Methow Valley that includes healthy wildlife habitat, thriving agriculture, and a connected community.

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