Jeff Powers joined Sequoia Riverlands Trust as Stewardship Director in August 2018, bringing with him more than two decades of experience in land conservation. Originally from Ohio, he received a degree in natural resources management from Ohio State University and a master's in wildlife ecology from the University of New Hampshire. He worked for 10 years with the Nature Conservancy in the New Jersey and Illinois field offices, completing dozens of land acquisition projects protecting tens of thousands of acres.
He served as project manager for the Peninsula Open Space Trust's 7,000-acre Cloverdale Coastal Ranch. During his tenure at POST, he developed a wide variety of natural resource projects, including pond restoration, innovative invasive species and erosion control work, a unique prescribed fire program, and the development of a thriving volunteer land stewardship program. Over the years, Jeff managed more than 20,000 acres of POST properties where he developed conservation grazing projects, managed agricultural and residential leases, administered a water company, and supervised trail construction projects.
Most recently, Jeff served as Director of Stewardship for the Big Sur Land Trust in Monterey. He oversaw the conservation easement program as well as implemented unique restoration projects at the preserves.
Jeff wants to use his expertise in land management to provide opportunities for local residents to enjoy and appreciate the incredible SRT preserves and work with other staff to steward the entire suite of SRT protected lands. He resides in Lemon Cove with his wife, Diana; their dog, Murphy; and three spoiled cats. Jeff enjoys hiking through numerous protected open space areas throughout the Sierra foothills.