Vital Ground Welcomes Conservation Project Manager Tanner Williams

Tanner Williams joins Vital Ground with a background in land use planning and a passion for conservation stemming from his upbringing in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Meet the newest member of the Vital Ground staff!

As the Lower 48’s grizzly populations continue to recover and expand their ranges, Vital Ground’s conservation work is matching their pace. Helping to expand our capacity during an urgent time for habitat protection, Tanner Williams joins our team as Conservation Project Manager. Based out of Spokane, Wash., Tanner is perfectly positioned to increase Vital Ground’s conservation impact in northern Idaho, northeastern Washington and northwestern Montana.

Tanner grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, and spent most of his childhood exploring the surrounding Selkirk, Purcell and Cabinet mountain ranges, making him intimately familiar with a key region in the grizzly’s ongoing story of recovery. Home to many past and recent Vital Ground projects, the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem and adjacent Selkirk Ecosystem are each home to around 60-70 grizzly bears south of the Canadian border, along with other sensitive wildlife species ranging from Canada lynx and wolverine to native trout and pollinators.

Whether through hiking and camping with his family or exploring these mountain ranges with his friends, Tanner gained a true love and appreciation for the natural world. Those experiences influenced and motivated him to graduate from the Evergreen State College in Washington with a degree in Land Use Planning. Tanner brings this depth of experience to our staff, as well as an inspiring passion for the outdoors.

“I’m excited to work for a mission-driven organization that cares deeply about the spaces I call home,” Tanner says. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and look forward to working with Vital Ground.”

Joining Conservation Director Mitch Doherty and Land Steward Brittani Rosas in Vital Ground’s Lands and Conservation Department, Tanner will work on the ground with landowners and agencies to protect open spaces for wildlife. Adding him to our team allows Vital Ground to take on more projects at a quicker pace, helping our conservation efforts keep up as development pressures continue across the region.

In his off time, you can find Tanner in the mountains exploring on his skis or bike(s). He also enjoys cooking, playing music, traveling and growing food. We are so glad to have him onboard!

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