PORT ORFORD — Howard Crombie has joined Wild Rivers Land Trust as executive director. He will assume management of the land trust’s operations and adopt responsibility for implementing the organization’s strategic plan
For the past fifteen years, the executive director/conservation director position was held by Jerry Becker, the founder of Wild Rivers Land Trust. Becker will continue to serve as the organization’s conservation director.
“I welcome Howard to our organization and am heartened to now be able to place my full attention on reaching the Trust’s long-term conservation goals,” said Becker.
Crombie, who has lived in Coos County since 1981, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and holds a BA in biology. Crombie most recently served as director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. He brings experience in fish and wildlife habitat improvement, forestry, realty and grant management to Wild Rivers Land Trust.
“My most enjoyable and rewarding job was as the Habitat Restoration Biologist at the Gold Beach office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife from 1997 to 2001. I am very happy and lucky to be able to return to work in Curry and southern Coos counties. The people here are the best. I am looking forward to working with willing sellers and willing buyers to promote conservation in conjunction with wise use of natural resources,” said Crombie.
Said WRLT president John Jones, “Crombie and Becker bring a breadth of environmental stewardship experience to Wild Rivers Land Trust, and we are pleased to have this strong team guiding our growing organization.”
WRLT is committed to protecting the livability, the natural treasures and the working lands on Oregon’s Wild Rivers Coast. The Trust maintains the highest professional and ethical standards while working with landowners who voluntarily choose to protect their properties for future generations. Using free-market conservation tools, WRLT safeguards the watersheds and salmon runs that provide the lifeblood of coastal tourism and fishing economies.