Methow Conservancy

About Us

Here in the Methow Valley, the land tugs on each of us in different ways. A rancher or farmer gazing across a rich cultivated field might see a lifestyle that has connected his family to the land for generations. A naturalist might scan the vast mountains and meadows, awed by the diversity of plant and animal life hidden in the landscape before her. A recreationalist might itch to explore one of nature's grandest playgrounds by foot, horse, bike or ski. For others, the power and beauty of the Valley prompts aesthetic or spiritual stirrings. The Methow Conservancy is here to serve the people and the land of the Methow Valley, and to protect this land that means so much to so many for generations to come.

Lower Bear Creek view from a conservation easement.

Our Mission:
To inspire people to care for and conserve the land of the Methow Valley, ensuring it will remain a place where future generations can enjoy the rural character and natural beauty we cherish today.

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.

Our Values:
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

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 ten years old, the Methow Conservancy now has a staff of 10, an active board of 13 Valley landowners, and a membership base of more than 500 households.

Accreditation seal

Contact Methow Conservancy

Jason Paulsen
Executive Director
315 Riverside Avenue
PO Box 71
Winthrop, Washington  98862-0071
Phone: (509) 996-2870
Fax: (509) 996-3872


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Washington

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