The North Olympic Land Trust has hired Port Angeles resident Tom Sanford as its new executive director.
From 2005-2011, Sanford was the executive director of the Olympic Park Institute, the campus of national nonprofit NatureBridge, which provides environmental educational programs in Olympic National Park.
Sanford fills the position left open when NOLT’s former executive director, Greg Good, accepted a position with the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission in December 2011.
“To me, this is just a natural fit,” said Sanford, who lives in Port Angeles with his wife, Carrie, and their 7-year-old daughter, Abby. “This job is a perfect opportunity to match my passion for land conservation and the wild beauty of the Olympic Peninsula with the skills and experience I’ve accrued over my career as a nonprofit executive.”
Sanford said he looks forward to expanding the scale of the organization’s land conservation mission, in addition to maintaining its high quality of services to property owners who have signed permanent legal agreements to protect special qualities of their lands.