Staff

Tom Sanford - Executive Director

tom@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 6

I really enjoy finding ways to help build a community that together strives for a local future with a strong economy, healthy and diverse environment, and diverse and vibrant culture. My role at the Land Trust is to work with really talented colleagues and community members and provide what they need to achieve our mission of conserving the lands that sustain our community. In addition to my work at the Land Trust I’m proud to volunteer on the boards of the North Olympic Healthcare Network, Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Land Trust. 

I love where I live because within minutes of my house in Port Angeles, I can explore and discover amazing places with my family and friends. We sometimes see Orca on our walks!  I can then come home and we can create an amazing meal highlighting the food we get from our CSA at Salt Creek Farm.

Mike Auger - Conservation Director

michael@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 7

I deeply enjoy being able to help our community conserve some of its most important areas through land protection and stewardship. I’ve been involved in the land trust field for over 20 years and since 2019 have been supervising the Conservation Department and stewarding conservation easements for North Olympic Land Trust. In my spare time I enjoy botanizing, being outside, genealogy, and traveling.

I love where I live because it reminds me of where I grew up (in Maine), but with bigger trees and mountains!

Courtney Bornsworth - Land Manager

courtney@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 8

After spending several seasons working at Olympic National Park on the Elwha River restoration project and delving into the world of private environmental consulting, I became Land Manager at North Olympic Land Trust. As land manager, I oversee the care and maintenance of over 800 acres of land owned and managed by the Land Trust. This land provides important habitat for fish and wildlife, fosters outdoor recreation, and aids in supporting our community through sustainable timber production. I also engage with volunteers from all walks of life to accomplish site-specific goals for each of these properties.

I love where I live because our community has so many wonderful things to offer including fresh foods, beautiful scenery, and ample biking, hiking, and camping opportunities, all of which I love sharing with my son and husband.

Michele Canale - Land Protection Specialist

michele@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 5

I’ve been living in Port Angeles since 2008. My background is in ecology and environmental management. My focus at the Land Trust is on the land transactions, which is basically conserving properties. It’s like any real estate transaction, but a lot more complicated and time consuming. It involves lots of things, including mapping, researching title, writing grants, and visiting properties and working with the amazing landowners that we have in Clallam County. When I’m not working, I love to mountain bike, do yoga, trail run, hike, read, and spend time with my family.

I love where I live because the weather is never too cold or too hot to be active, there aren’t too many people on the trails, and we have some amazing recreational opportunities here!

Alex Wilson - Development Director

alex@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 3

I am eager to support the North Olympic Land Trust in conserving and stewarding the many types of habitats and lands our community shares. Though my focus will be on fundraising, the ultimate goal of all of my work is to support the community’s needs and goals for this precious and invaluable land and its magnificent waterways. 

I love where I live because my greatest teachers in life have been forests, and so, after 11 years of living on the Hyde Cable Car line in San Francisco, I have at last returned to the forest. A hobbyist at heart, I live here to knit, draw, read, or forage under the dark canopy of our Northwestern paradise.

Paula Hunt - Community Engagement Specialist

paula@northolympiclandtrust.org, (360) 417-1815 ext 2

Returning to my hometown to live on a farm that has been in my family since 1899 has been a rewarding experience and reminds me of the importance of conserving the agricultural landscape, natural beauty, and wildlife of this area.

I love where I live because you’re never far away from the mountains, forests, or water.

Coming Soon - Office Manager