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The Palouse Land Trust is governed by a volunteer board of directors, whose skills include scientific, legal, business, and professional expertise.

Board of Directors

John Bolles, President
John came to the area from Bothell, Washington in 2008 and now lives near the Palouse Land Trust's Idler's Rest Nature Preserve with his wife, Mary.  He retired as the Assistant Director of the Health Sciences Center for Educational Resources at the University of Washington, and has a background in wildlife biology, physiology and biophysics.  He joined the board in 2009 to help monitor the Idler's Rest Nature Preserve.  John likes to spend his free time hunting, fishing, traveling, woodworking, and making stained glass.  What he most enjoys about serving with the Land Trust is helping protect the unique flora and fauna of the region and "helping private landowners harness their 'vision' for the land for posterity."


Janice Smith-Hill, Vice-President
Janice has lived in Moscow with her husband, Jack, since 1993.  She is the owner of the Smith-Hill Law Office in Moscow and teaches business law at WSU.  Janice joined the Palouse Land Trust as an Advisory Board member in 1997 and joined the Board of Directors in 2001.  Janice balances her busy life as an attorney with traveling, writing, acting, birding, playing the piano, and volunteering.  She says she enjoys working with the Land Trust because, "It's incumbent on me as a citizen to help preserve the unique landscape and scenic treasures of our region for future generations.  One only has to try to describe the Palouse to people who have never been here to realize the amazing uniqueness of the area!"

Amy Shook-Carter, Treasurer
Amy moved to Moscow from Antigo, Wisconsin in 1989, to be closer to her sister and family.  The first time she visited the Palouse, she knew this was the place she wanted to live and raise a family of her own one day.  Amy grew up working on her family's potato farm and was taught early on to appreciate our God-given natural resources and wants to be active in helping to preserve farmland and open space whenever possible.  Amy has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years and owns and manages Shook-Leavitt Insurance in Moscow.  Amy is married to Bruce Carter and outdoor recreation plays a huge role in their family life.  They love taking their children, grandsons and dog, Bella, camping, four-wheeling and snowmobiling whenever possible

Libby Walker, Secretary
Libby moved to the Palouse in 1976 and completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at WSU in 1984.  She spent her academic career at Washington State University, retiring as Dean of the WSU Honors College in August of 2013.  Libby joined the Palouse Land Trust to raise awareness of land conservation, especially in Whitman County, and to help preserve the beautiful region she and her family have called home for the past 40 years.  Libby has two grown daughters and four grandchildren who enjoy spending time outdoors fishing, camping, hiking, and skiing.  She also enjoys traveling, collecting and refinishing antiques, and staying fit, and is active in the Pullman League of Women Voters, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Dining for Women.

Jocelyn Aycrigg
Jocelyn has lived on the Palouse since 2001 when she came to Moscow to pursue a PhD in Wildlife Population Ecology at the University of Idaho.  She completed her program in 2009 and is currently a Conservation Biologist for the National Gap Analysis Program at the University of Idaho.  Jocelyn has been married to her husband Bill (also a biologist) for fifteen years, and likes to spend her free time traveling, hiking, skiing, rafting, and fly-fishing, and is also a member of the Moscow Giving Circle.  Jocelyn joined the Palouse Land Trust board in 2010 to preserve local biodiversity and "to help preserve the heritage that is captured in the land and wildlife we protect.  Working with the Land Trust allows me to feel I have a small role in the future of our world."

Roger Blanchard
Roger is a Registered Consulting Arborist who has lived in Moscow since 1990.  He previously worked for 21 years as the Parks & Facilities Manager and City Forester for the City of Moscow.  He is a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists and the International Society of Arboriculture.  Roger has been an Advisory Board member of the Palouse Land Trust since the group's inception and joined the Board of Directors in 2012.  He enjoys working with the Land Trust because "helping landowners preserve their special places is not only personally rewarding, but is a way to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these preserved properties in perpetuity."  He has been married to his wife Alane for 32 years and enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading in his spare time.

Archie George
Archie and his wife Mary have lived in Moscow since 1980.  They are both employees of the University of Idaho and have two grown children.  Archie was one of the founding board members of the Palouse Land Trust in 1995 and has served on the board ever since.  He owns land at Priest Lake that is protected by a conservation easement.  He enjoys distance running, reading, and building compost bins and also works with the high school youth at his church.  For Archie, the best part of serving with the Palouse Land Trust is, "working with landowners who are passionate about protecting their property from subdivision and development.  The open, productive farms and forests of our region are an essential attribute to life on the Palouse."

Helen Stroebel
Helen Stroebel grew up on the Palouse playing with her siblings on their family property on Moscow Mountain. She is a Registered Nurse having worked most recently in healthcare informatics and now devotes herself to managing the 80 acre family forest. Their property, the Stage Family Forest, has been protected with a conservation easement since 2003. Involvement with the Land Trust provides "an opportunity to help preserve the beauty and livability of the Palouse for our children, their children, and all children..." She and her husband, Greg, enjoy hiking, river rafting, snowshoeing and any other excuse to be in the great outdoors.

Gerry Wright
Gerry has been a resident of the Palouse for over three decades.  He was a charter member of the Palouse Land Trust when it was first founded, and has been on the board since.  He worked for the National Park Service for 36 years as an ecologist/wildlife biologist, while also working 28 of those years as a professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife at the University of Idaho.  He has been married to his wife, Harley, for 48 years and has two children and one grandchild.  He spends his free time improving the natural habitat on his property, sailing and boating, playing piano, and reading.  He says he enjoys being a part of the Land Trust because, "I enjoy working on new conservation easements, seeing the properties, examining their resource values, and meeting the landowners."

Advisory Board
The Palouse Land Trust also benefits from the experience and perspective of members of its Advisory Board.

Stephen Bishop   
Garfield, Washington Attorney at Law with substantial background in farm, forest, and real estate law and experience in drafting conservation easements.  Stephen and his wife own and operate Bishop’s Orchards in Garfield.

Nick Crookston

John Dunn
President of Rim Rock Consulting

Penny Morgan    
Professor of Forest Ecology, Department of Forest Resources, University of  Idaho.  She and her family have put conservation easements on their ranch in Wyoming.

Jay Pengilly
Director of Technical Shops, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, University of Idaho

Barb Seaman
Planner, Idaho Soil and Water Conservation District

Gina Wilson
RS/GIS Analyst, Landscape Dynamics Lab, University of Idaho