Shasta Land Trust welcomes our new conservation project manager, Teresa Talbott, to the organization. Teresa started with us in May and is focused on completing the suite of 15 conservation easements with the Stewardship Council and PG&E. These exciting projects require a dedicated professional with vast real estate experience.
Teresa grew up on the West Coast and started her career designing bike trails in Central Oregon for a large resort. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from Southern Oregon State University while writing grants on environmental economics. She continued her grant writing in graduate school at the California State University Chico and submitted an unprecedented economic grant proposal which was later used to help protect Mono Lake. She worked with the Tahoe Conservancy securing conservation easements and as a forestry program coordinator for nearly a decade and sat on a Forest Health Consensus Group for five years helping address complex and politically sensitive forestry issues in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Teresa later relocated to the Northwest to be closer to her family. As a staff member, board member, consultant or volunteer, Teresa has a long history of collaboratively working with private, public, or non-profits to attain outstanding business results in conservation and cultural preservation. Some of her accomplishments include facilitating property donations toward the preservation of a historic heritage farm along the Columbia River known as the Zimmerman House. The Zimmerman Heritage Farm is going through the planning process to become a heritage museum and community park. Also along the Columbia River, Teresa was a board member for the Friends of Vista House helping to raise nearly 5 million dollars towards restoration. As a land use planning consultant, Teresa helped obtain approval for relocation of a boat building business and marina also along the Columbia River.
On the North Shore of Oahu, Teresa and her family own vacation rental property that her grandparents built and managed. It is known as Keiki Beach Bungalows. Teresa has rafted many rivers in the Northwest and the North State. One of her favorite trips was rafting down the Colorado River in wooden dories for three weeks on a private trip with the National Geographic. Having spent many years in Southern Oregon and the North State, she has a deep love and appreciation of the beautiful outdoor recreation opportunities available. As the conservation project manager, Teresa is excited to bring her experience to the Shasta Land Trust and learn more about the area and community. She is also looking forward to returning to the Shasta Trinity Wilderness. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, backpacking, biking and hopes to learn how to fly fish in the North State.
Please join us in welcoming Teresa!