Our Team

Who We Are

Stephen Kropp

Executive Director

Stephen Kropp has worked as a project coordinator, water resources engineer, forest hydrologist, and private consultant in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years.  He earned his BS in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington in Seattle.  As a graduate and post-graduate research assistant, he worked in cooperation with Columbia Basin Research, and the UW College of Forest Resources on a wide variety of research projects.  While working for the BLM in Oregon, he developed an intense interest in plant taxonomy and community ecology.  His passion for forest ecology and conservation began as a young child living near the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and continues to fuel his desire to conserve our shared natural heritage.

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Brel Froebe

Media and Communications

Coordinator

Brel Froebe is an educator and community organizer living in the occupied Lummi and Nooksack territory of Bellingham. Brel grew up along the Middle Fork Nooksack River, and is passionate about doing what he can to protect the surrounding forests and watersheds. He received an MA in Urban Education and Social Justice at the University Of San Francisco, and has spent the past decade facilitating youth activism through restorative justice, critical pedagogy, art, and outdoor education. Brel is also active in campaigns to decriminalize homelessness and to start the Stewart Mountain Community Forest. Brel’s involvement with CRF focuses on media, internal communications, and community outreach, as well as stopping timber sales of legacy forests in Whatcom County.

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Samantha Krop

Grassroots Coordinator

For over ten years, Sam has worked with communities around Oregon and Washington to protect special forests and watersheds from destructive logging. Before becoming a full-time forest advocate, Sam acquired a passion for the role of education in social movements for change as a high school and university teacher. Sam now brings her background in education to forest and climate organizing, and over the years has spearheaded numerous winning place-based campaigns. Sam has trained grassroots forest defense teams in Eugene, Portland and Olympia, and she helped start the Center for Responsible Forestry's field team. In 2020, Sam co-founded the regional network, the Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance, where she continues to serve on the Steering Committee of that 100+ member group. Currently, Sam focuses her work on growing the forest and climate justice movement and fighting destructive clearcut logging throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Anna Held

Legal Advisor

Anna Held is an attorney, outdoorsman, and advocate for building strong, independent communities. She has a JD from the University of Oregon and a BA in philosophy, psychology, and German from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. Anna sits on the board of the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, OR and serves as a member of the Olympia Police Use of Force Events Board. She is committed to sharing her legal education for free by regularly providing pro bono legal representation to people who otherwise cannot afford a lawyer and leading public legal trainings on constitutional rights, tenants' rights, and timber sales. Anna's love for forests began in the Piney Woods of western Louisiana and the regrown forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula where she grew up. She believes protecting Washington's forests and supporting rural communities is key to building a livable future for everyone.

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Bobbie Buzzell

Social Media Coordinator

Bobbie currently works as a biologist for the Department of Natural Resources with the Lummi Indian Business Council. She has a passion for science communication and engaging the public with conservation issues. As a previous Science Communication Fellow for Washington Sea Grant, she has utilized social media platforms to educate broad audiences on topics ranging from marbled murrelets to sustainable seafood. Bobbie grew up in the heart of the North Cascades and has been a wilderness backpacker for the last 20 years. Although her master’s in science degree has taken her to working in marine environments, her education and experience has only reinforced her understanding of the connectivity between forests and oceans, and the threat climate change has on both.

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Sarah Gardam

Communications Specialist

Sarah Gardam lives in Northwest Washington, the homeland of the Coast Salish peoples. Her many passions include land defense, social justice, personal growth, and creative writing, and she hopes to add sustainable farming to that list before too long. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in English from Temple University in Philadelphia, and she taught English for many years at colleges and universities back East. She now works in nonprofit communications, both professionally and as a volunteer. An energetic hiker and nature worshipper, Sarah often spends her weekends wondering and wandering through the region's spellbinding mountains and forests. She enjoys contributing to CRF's communications and outreach efforts when she can.

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Alexander Harris

North Sound Coordinator

Alexander Harris is a forest policy consultant and community organizer based in rural Whatcom County. He is currently a graduate student at Western Washington University pursuing an M.A. in Environmental Policy, with a special focus on community-driven forest stewardship. Having grown up in southern Oregon, Alex graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science. Alex has worked for Oregon Wild, the Sierra Club, and other environmental non-profits on various policy issues ranging from federal and state forest management, ecological forestry, wildfire policy, and climate mitigation. Alex is currently working with the various partners in Whatcom County to develop a community forest in the South Fork Nooksack River valley, where he lives with his partner.

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Greg Bargmann

South Sound Coordinator

Greg lives in Thurston County on a small piece of forested land that adjoins The Capitol Forest.    Greg has a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. degree in Fisheries Biology from UW.  Following graduation, Greg was employed as a biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service and instructed at Green River Community College.  For more than 36 years, Greg worked for the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife as a biologist, research scientist and fishery manager before retiring. He was an affiliate faculty member of the UW.  Greg has written, or cowritten, several scientific papers and coedited one book on the biology and management of dogfish sharks. In his younger years, Greg was actively involved in soccer- playing, coaching and refereeing.  These days he takes every chance he can get to go through the forest appreciating the peacefulness it has to offer.

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Sloane Palmer

Field Biologist

Sloane Palmer grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Geography. After working at a national wildlife refuge in Georgia, gaining experience in forest monitoring and prescribed burns, she moved to Western Washington to do field work with the Washington Conservation Corps. Her interest in environmental restoration also led her to become a community scientist building floating wetlands through a research project at UW. She is currently based in Seattle and working for the UW Arboretum. She is passionate about forest ecology and enjoys teaching others about environmental stewardship.

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Andy Zahn

Photographer | Videographer

Andy Zahn is a distinguished photographer, videographer, and writer living and working in rural Southwest Washington. Andy grew up on a small farm and developed at a young age a deep appreciation for the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, a fascination with the intricate workings of ecosystems, and a fervent desire to protect our natural environment. Andy’s work is widely published, and he has years of experience working with non-profits, including the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, for whom he has created videos showcasing the refuge, as well as given photography classes as part of local events. His nature videos from around the Pacific Northwest have been featured on “Right This Minute”. Andy is an outspoken advocate for conservation.

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Peter Goldmark

Board Chair

Peter Goldmark was the 15th Commissioner of Public Lands of Washington, and head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources from 2009 to 2017.  He has a PhD in molecular biology, and has served as chair of the Okanogan County Planning Commission; director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture; and chair of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment.  He was also a member of the Board of Regents to the Washington State University for ten years; served as a volunteer wildland firefighter in Washington State for over 30 years; and has owned and operated a wheat and cattle ranch in Okanogan County for more than 35 years.

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Mary Jean Ryan

Board Member

Mary Jean Ryan is former Chair of the Washington State Board of Education, and a former City of Seattle executive. She currently serves as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with the Brookings Institution. She is a skilled public policy professional, experienced fundraiser, nonprofit executive, and board member.  Over the past year, she has been working in cooperation with the Northwest Watershed Institute to advocate to the Washington State Legislature for increased funding for the Trust Land Transfer Program, and to permanently protect legacy forests surrounding Dabob Bay.  She is a passionate conservationist and committed to working to change the policies that govern the management of Washington State forestlands.

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Sherri Dysart

Board Member

Sherri Dysart has a B.S. in forest management from Washington State University, and worked for a private industrial forestry company for 30 years.  She currently serves as Chair of the Climate Change Committee for the League of Women Voters of Mason County, and is the Issue Chair-Forests for the League of Women Voters of Washington, and is an active member of the Pacific Forest-Climate Alliance.  She believes that older legacy forests play a critical role in maintaining a habitable planet, and is working in a variety of ways to increase public support for forest conservation.

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Eirik Steinhoff

Board Member

Eirik Steinhoff has a PhD in English from the University of Chicago, and teaches or co-teaches critical and creative reading and writing (among other things) at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and in prisons in WA and NY.  He was editor of the Chicago Review from 2000 to 2005 and co-editor of Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe (2015).  His essays have appeared in Arcade, Counter-Signals, Floor, and Postmedieval.  In 2009, his translations from Petrarch’s Rime Sparse appeared as Fourteen Sonnets (Albion Books), and in 2018 a collection of pamphlets he circulated in the vicinity of the Oakland Commune was published as A Fiery Flying Roule (Publication Studio/Station Hill).  Most of his teaching and research in recent years has revolved around the question, “What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise?”

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Daniel Harm

Board Member

Daniel Harm is a USA National Champion cyclist, cinematographer, eco-artist, and experienced wilderness explorer. He was a professional road and track racer for ten years before developing an interest in environmentalism, filmmaking, emergency management, and marketing. Daniel co-managed Soundings of the Planet between 2019 and 2021, a successful record label that historically has helped build awareness and support for rain forest preservation, for the Fairhaven Hundred Acre Woods conservation success, and for other environmental and social campaigns. Daniel currently manages the Soundings Mindful Media archival video library, which is a vast archive of rare footage from the early 1970s consciousness evolution.  Recently, he launched his own production company, which focuses on indie films, commercial work, expedition documentaries, and environmental advocacy.

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