Mark W. Elsbree

Senior Vice President, Western Director, Conservation Acquisition


Mark ElsbreeMark’s duties include managing and implementing The Conservation Fund’s comprehensive conservation programs throughout the Western United States. He also serves on the Executive Committee, Leadership Council, Real Estate and Mitigation Committees of the Fund.

Mark has extensive experience in conservation real estate and conservation finance, completing numerous complex transactions during a 27-year career. Mark has successfully finalized a number of conservation projects associated with hydroelectric project mitigation and relicensing throughout the Northwest.

Appointed to his current position in 2012, Mark established The Fund’s Northwest Regional Office in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1998, after working as the Vice President and Northwest Director for the organization since December 2001. Prior to his tenure with the Fund, Mark worked for The Nature Conservancy in Idaho for 10 years, serving in various capacities including Acting and Assistant State Director for that organization.

Mark has a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. He

was appointed to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council in 2005, and he also serves as a member of the international Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Bird Advisory Group.

Mark has received the National Conservation Leadership Award from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for his work in preserving wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities on the Snake River in Idaho. Currently, he is a member of Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. His outside interests include fly fishing, bird hunting, retriever training, skiing, whitewater, baseball and travel.

Contact:  melsbree@conservationfund.org    Phone:   (208) 726-4419

Featured Projects

Fremont Lake

Fremont Lake

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Upper Snake River

Upper Snake River

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Stehekin At Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Stehekin At Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Stehekin is a small, remote settlement within the 62,000-acre Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.  Permanent residents number less than 100, but...

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Upper Green River Valley Initiative

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San Juan Island National Historical Park

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

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In Wyoming, Using Mitigation To Benefit Family Ranches

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Greater Yellowstone Area

Greater Yellowstone Area

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City of Rocks National Reserve

City of Rocks National Reserve

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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

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