Dr. Lucas Hart named Director of the Northwest Straits

This is incredibly good news. Choosing a successor to Rich Childers is not an easy task. We wish Rich all the best on his next step. He’s been a great leader for the Commission.

I’ve know Lucas since the last decade, when he volunteered to go down to Lobby Day sponsored by the late, great People for Puget Sound.

Lucas rode shotgun in my van as I took a load of folks down from Port Townsend. We talked the whole way down and back, and I got to know him. When we parted I was left thinking, “this is someone who I will be hearing about in the future.”

He joined us on the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee, so I got to see him working with us on the programs we worked on, and then he got hired onto the Commission as Program Manager. His calm demeanor and solid work showed his ability to lead.

It is so hard to find leadership in roles such as this. It is critically important to find someone with a knowledge of place, a solid base of local contacts, hopefully someone who is being promoted from within for great work, leadership and helping an organization succeed. I’m truly thrilled that the NW Straits Commission took the step to recognize Lucas and promote him to this role. Congratulations, Lucas. We all look forward to working with you in the future.

The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Commission is pleased to announce that Dr. Lucas Hart will be its next Director.  Dr. Hart has been with the Commission the past three years serving as the Marine Program Manager and brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role of Director. He is not only a skilled marine scientist and outstanding communicator, but has served in various volunteer positions with several Puget Sound conservation organizations and worked with these groups to advocate for their objectives before elected and appointed officials. Commission Chair Nan McKay said, “Members of the Commission look forward to Lucas’s leadership and to working with him to advance the goals of the Northwest Straits Initiative.” Please join us in welcoming Lucas as the new Director.  He will be starting this position officially on April 20, 2018.

New shoreline restoration project in Jefferson County – NW Straits.org

It was a blustery day when Jefferson MRC members, Northwest Straits Commission and Northwest Straits Foundation staff, and others recently toured the site of beach restoration planned at Fort Townsend State Park. The MRC is partnering with Washington State Parks and the Foundation to restore shoreline that has been dramatically altered by rip rap, decommissioned military wharves, and related construction. Spawning herring and surf smelt have been documented close by.

The project design is now out for bid; work will restore forage fish habitat and improve access to the beach for kayakers and other visitors.

www.nwstraits.org

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