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Favorite Place in the Northwest:Queets Valley
Favorite Northwest Animal:Pine Marten

Mitch Friedman

Executive Director
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As our leader, Mitch Friedman is involved in nearly all our conservation programs and other operations, as well as directing our Cascades to Rockies programs and Healthy Watersheds Campaign to protect transboundary rivers from mining pollution.

Mitch Friedman is a conservation biologist and Executive Director of Conservation Northwest, which he founded in 1989 after being an activist leader in the ancient forest battles, in which he organized the very first spotted owl protests. He has served on the boards of numerous conservation and community organizations, and been recognized with awards from Sunset Magazine, Society for Conservation Biology, The Wilderness Society, Washington Environmental Council, Northwest Jewish Environmental Project, the Endangered Species Coalition, and the Northwest Section of The Wildlife Society. In 2003 he was named by Washington Law and Politics Magazine as one of the “25 smartest people in Washington.” He has a degree in zoology from the University of Washington and raised two daughters in Bellingham before recently moving back to Seattle.