Megan Birzell is The Wilderness Society’s Lead Conservation Specialist in the North Cascades of Washington state. In this role, she works with conservation, agency, and industry partners to identify and pursue strategies for protecting, connecting, and restoring public lands in the North Cascade Mountains.
Prior to joining the Washington office, she led similar efforts in the Crown of the Continent in Montana – including four years leading TWS’s engagement in restoration and protection efforts in the Southwestern Crown. During her time in Montana, she oversaw the development and implementation of a $90 million federal grant program to restore forests and streams in the Blackfoot, Clearwater, and Swan River valleys and led grassroots conservation campaigns in the same landscape.
She holds a B.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Montana and an M.S. in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. When not working diligently for the protection of public lands, Megan spends her time figuring out how quickly and frequently she and her family can make it from their new home in Seattle to the Cascades backcountry.