Mark Roth says goodbye to South Sound prairies

After 15 years, Mark Roth, our prairie restoration specialist, is moving on to another career.  Mark began with The Nature Conservancy South Sound program before Cavness Ranch had a conservation easement and before Tenalquot was acquired, when seed was hand collected in grams instead of produced in pounds, and well before CNLM was involved in Washington. During his tenure, Mark has contributed to the restoration of over 2,400 acres of South Sound prairie-oak.  Mark has been instrumental in helping to develop agricultural conversion methods now employed at many of our sites.  He also was critical to the prescribed burning program, becoming an FFT1 (Firefighter Type 1/Squad Boss). 

Mark and the rest of the burn crew after a Wolf Haven burn.

Mark has also taken the lead on transforming the Cavness Christmas tree farm into a field of the federally threatened Golden Paintbrush. This area had almost 80,000 flowering plants in the spring of 2017. He was always ensuring that our equipment functioned properly and our methods were the best available. 

Mark drill seeding the Cavness bough field.

In addition to these accomplishments, and most importantly, Mark is always positive, outgoing, and generous - making him a great friend who will be missed by many. He leaves a legacy of restored prairies across the South Sound and beyond.

Mark’s first and last trip to Dan Kelly Preserve.



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