Mark Elsbree

Senior Vice President, Western Director, Conservation Acquisition


Headshot of Mark Elsbree.

Mark’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 successfully led a number of large, landscape conservation efforts and completed a number of projects protecting significant historic sites and maintaining access to important recreational areas throughout the West.

Appointed to his current position in 2012, Mark had established the Fund’s Northwest Regional Office in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1998, and then worked as the Vice President and Northwest Director for the organization beginning in 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. He also has been awarded the Secretary of Agriculture’s Honor Award for Excellence in External Partnerships for his leadership work in locally-led conservation and partnership building in central Idaho. Currently, Mark 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