Working to save the places you love.

We are a private, non-profit organization comprised of a small staff and many volunteers. As your regional land trust, we work in collaboration with communities, partners, and landowners, to protect forever the natural habitats, rural landscapes, and open spaces of west Puget Sound.

Nathan Daniel
Executive Director

Nathan has dedicated himself to conserving ecologically valuable lands on the Great Peninsula since he joined GPC as Executive Director in 2019. He has over a decade of experience in non-profit management with a focus on public lands and holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science. Nate knows that our region is an extraordinarily beautiful and special place and that as stewards it is our responsibility to protect the land and the native wildlife that call it home. He believes our children and all future generations should have opportunities to connect with the natural world. Nate knows the best way to get things done is through collaboration and is ready to work with community members who want to preserve habitat and protect biodiversity. When he’s not at his keyboard, you’ll find Nate and his partner Kim out sauntering through the forest, field guides and binoculars at the ready.

Jonathan Decker
Conservation Director

Jonathan is a Seattle native with a strong appreciation for Washington’s wild places. He joined Great Peninsula Conservancy as Conservation Director in 2016, excited about the opportunity of returning to the Pacific Northwest and leading GPC’s conservation program.  Formerly he was with Vermont Land Trust where he served as Regional Stewardship Manager. Jonathan holds a master’s degree in sustainable development and worked in the Philippines as a Coastal Resources Management Volunteer with the US Peace Corps. When he’s not working to support GPC’s conservation efforts, you can find Jonathan out on a trail or at Safeco Field. He enjoys working with landowners and partners to protect the natural habitats, working lands, and open spaces of the Great Peninsula.

Erik Pedersen
Stewardship Manager

Erik is a Bremerton native who enjoys overseeing much of the on-the-ground stewardship of Great Peninsula Conservancy’s properties, which includes writing management plans, implementing forest restoration projects, and coordinating volunteer land stewards. Erik came to GPC in 2010 and has worked on a variety of other projects, including grant writing, property acquisition, project mapping, and the organization’s push for accreditation. Erik holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a B.A. in history, and loves skiing, kayaking and grilling up salmon on the weekends.

Brenna Thompson
Conservation Project Manager

Brenna has been with Great Peninsula Conservancy since August 2017, and is the Conservation Project Manager. In this role she helps to manage GPC’s land protection projects, conducts geospatial analysis, and works to secure grants for land protection. She completed a master’s degree in Environmental Management at Duke University in 2017, with a specialization in ecosystem science and conservation. During her time at Duke she interned as a landscape analyst for the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, and conducted conservation planning to prioritize parcels for future protection. She also spent six years with the African Wildlife Foundation from 2012-2017 working to secure funding for conservation and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa. She is originally from New Hampshire, and holds a BA from Colorado College in history and philosophy. In her free time she enjoys hiking, bird watching, and seeing live music.

Katherine Tacke
Membership & Communications Associate

Katherine was excited to join Great Peninsula Conservancy in the summer of 2018 and pair her interest in writing with her love for the outdoors. She grew up across the water next to an undeveloped greenbelt and spent her childhood exploring, counting birds, searching for frogs, and watching the rain against a backdrop of evergreens. After graduating from the University of Washington, she worked in books and publishing for several years, most recently at the UW Press in the marketing department. Katherine lives in East Bremerton with her partner, three cats, and dog. In her free time she’s usually gardening, hiking, or reading.

Claire Voris
Events and Outreach Associate

Claire is our newest addition to the development team and is responsible for coordinating events, maintaining GPC’s social media, and designing education programs that will engage the next generation of conservationists. Claire recently moved to Bremerton from Missoula, Montana, where she completed her MFA in nonfiction writing, cleared trail as a Wilderness Ranger Intern for the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, and spent two seasons packing mules for an outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Prior to her graduate studies, Claire worked in her home state of Illinois as a writer and editor designing e-learning and marketing materials for agricultural companies. When she isn’t working Claire loves exploring and photographing wild landscapes either on her own two feet or horseback. She is excited to work with GPC’s dynamic team of staff and volunteers and to continue learning about the peninsula’s unique ecosystems.

Ali Erskine
Stewardship Associate

A born-and-raised Washingtonian, Ali studied Environmental Science at the University of Washington, and since then has been lucky enough to sample many of our local ecosystems: measuring trees from the Columbia Gorge to the Skykomish, quantifying ferns on the Olympic Peninsula, and pulling weeds and planting trees all around Puget Sound. Ali is incredibly excited to get to know the Great Peninsula and the dedicated stewardship volunteers who help protect it!