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   Office: Northwest Regional Office

Featured Projects

Fremont Lake

Fremont Lake

Imagine 4,000 – 5,000 mule deer traversing the same 150 mile corridor twice each year during their spring and...
Upper Snake River

Upper Snake River

Beginning in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park, the mighty Snake River begins its journey as two smaller rivers,...
The "Path Of The Pronghorn" In Wyoming

The "Path Of The Pronghorn" In Wyoming

Each spring and fall, hundreds of pronghorn antelope migrate between their summer habitat in Grand Teton National Park to...

More Projects

Upper Green River Valley Initiative

Upper Green River Valley Initiative

The Conservation Fund and a host of partners launched the Upper Green River Valley Initiative in 2008 to conserve...
Support For Wyoming Family Ranches And The Sage Grouse

Support For Wyoming Family Ranches And The Sage Grouse

Greater sage-grouse populations have significantly declined throughout their range, including Wyoming, where 54% of the world’s remaining sage grouse...
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...
San Juan Island National Historical Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Located in the waters between Vancouver to the west and Washington State to the east—and  just a short ferry...
North Platte River

North Platte River

As part of an effort to provide additional recreational access along the North Platte River in southeastern Wyoming, The...
MJ Ranch

MJ Ranch

The Conservation Fund led the effort, in collaboration with several public and private partners, to complete one of the...
Minidoka Internment National Historic Site

Minidoka Internment National Historic Site

At the start of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation...
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Long fascinated by what lay west of the Mississippi River, President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 commissioned Captain Meriwether Lewis...
Jackson Hole Land Trust, Wyoming

Jackson Hole Land Trust, Wyoming

Wyoming’s Teton County is an outdoor paradise in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. It’s here, in the Snake River...
In Wyoming, Using Mitigation To Benefit Family Ranches

In Wyoming, Using Mitigation To Benefit Family Ranches

Across Wyoming’s Green River Basin, grazing pronghorn and vibrating drill rigs cast shadows on the horizon. These unlikely neighbors...
Greater Yellowstone Area

Greater Yellowstone Area

Larger than the state of West Virginia, the Greater Yellowstone Area stretches 18 million acres across Wyoming, Montana and...
Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project

Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project

The Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project is among the first large-scale, watershed-based voluntary conservation initiatives in Wyoming and the Greater...
Fish Creek Flying W Ranches

Fish Creek Flying W Ranches

The Fund worked with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on a land conservation agreement that secures key wildlife...
Cottonwood Ranches

Cottonwood Ranches

In west central Wyoming, the 75,000-acre Cottonwood Ranches owned by cattle rancher Freddie Botur have sustained his family’s way...
City of Rocks National Reserve

City of Rocks National Reserve

Visitors to the City of Rocks National Reserve in south central Idaho will find a striking landscape with unparalleled opportunities for rock climbing,...
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Encompassing a diverse array of habitat types, from the high, dry deserts of the Great Basin to the wet,...
Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

Carney Ranch forms the most important piece of the Path of the Pronghorn’s “Funnel Bottleneck” for pronghorn antelope migrating...
Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

From peaks towering more than 10,000 feet to low-lying grasslands and wetlands, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is a place...
Budd Ranches, Inc.

Budd Ranches, Inc.

The Fund helped with the conservation and expansion of one of the oldest operating ranches held by one family...
Bridger-Teton National Forest

Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, just southeast of Jackson, Wyoming, encompasses an astounding 3.4 million acres of land.  The jagged...