The Southern Resident Killer Whales that call Puget Sound home are critically endangered. In the past few months alone, two of our local orcas died from a combination of malnutrition, polluted waters, and stress from local boat traffic. The local population is down to only 74 orcas. We must act now if we’re going to save the most iconic species of the Pacific Northwest.
Puget Sound Conservation Districts are proud to provide folks around the region the chance to take action on this critical issue. Join King Conservation District and Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust on Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day and help restore Judd Creek, one of Vashon’s two major salmon-bearing creeks, by planting native trees and shrubs. A healthy riparian habitat means a healthy salmon population. This will, in turn, support our local orcas! Come and support this restoration project in your community!
Program Manager, Engagement
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.