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Mark Sherwood

Mark Sherwood

Executive Director
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The Native Fish Society is the foremost organization advocating for the protection and conservation of the Northwest's native fish and the habitats that sustain them.

For more than six years Mark has helped River Stewards channel their passion for their homewaters and wild fish into meaningful conservation. This includes conservation campaigns to reform hatchery practices on Oregon's Sandy River and establish Wild Steelhead Gene Banks in Washington, promote successful catch and release through our Crush the Barb and Keep 'Em Wet campaigns, and protect thousands of rivers miles of critical salmon habitat in Oregon and California from the threat of mining.

Mark Sherwood joined the NFS staff in 2010 and has served the organization in a number of roles including Administrative and Development Assistant (2010), River Steward Program Director (2011-2014), Southern Regional Manager from (2014-2016) before his current position as Native Fish Society’s Executive Director.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature from Westmont College in 2007. During his summers he worked the Arkansas River Valley in Colorado as a rafting, backpacking, climbing and fly fishing guide. After graduation, Mark struck out on a childhood quest to live and fish in Argentina, which strangely also led him north to Bristol Bay, Alaska where he worked for two seasons as a commercial fisherman. Fascinated with the intersection between wild salmon and western culture, Mark moved to Portland, OR in 2008 to be at the center of wild fish conservation. Since 2014, Mark has lived on Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast in Brookings, OR.

Tom Derry

Tom Derry

Director of Wild Steelhead Funding
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Tom Derry joined the Native Fish Society staff in October 2005 as the Director of Wild Steelhead Funding. Tom and his wife Connie relocated to the Molalla River after years of living and working in central Oregon.

An ardent steelhead and trout angler and committed conservationist, Tom owned and operated the Kokanee Café for 11 years on the banks of the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. During his time on the Metolius, Tom was very active in fish conservation on both the Metolius and Deschutes rivers and was very involved in stopping the stocking of trout in the Metolius and returning it to a river managed for wild fish.

Through his years as a restaurant owner and fishing addict who frequents the great haunts of the Pacific Northwest, Tom has met many people from wide walks of life who share his concerns for native fish. Tom’s many connections assist the Native Fish Society in growing its membership and financial base.

Born in Portland, Tom’s recent return to the Willamette Valley finds him heavily involved in working to improve the Molalla River and its habitat for fish. In addition to his development duties, Tom serves as a NFS Molalla River Steward and is on the board of Molalla RiverWatch and the Molalla River Alliance.

Conrad Gowell

Conrad Gowell

River Steward Program Director
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In 2016, Conrad was hired as our River Steward Program Director after serving as NFS’s North Oregon Coast Regional Coordinator since 2013 and Siletz River Steward since 2010. Conrad completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and has since worked with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, indigenous cultures, and fisheries consultants, aiming to advance the sustainable management and restoration of watersheds.

Conrad brings to NFS a policy, research and habitat restoration background with experience throughout the Northwest and Alaska. He is a lifelong advocate for wild fish whose consistent dedication has inspired community action.

Conrad lives in Portland, OR.

Jake Crawford

Jake Crawford

Southern Regional Manager
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Jake Crawford joined NFS in 2012 as a River Steward for Oregon’s Illinois River, then worked as Southern Regional Manager in October of 2013 before becoming River Steward Program Director in the summer of 2014. In 2016, Jake returned to Ashland, OR and the Southern Regional Manager position, working with River Stewards from the Umpqua to the Russian River.

A native of Colorado, Jake completed his undergraduate degree in political science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and has a M.A. from C.S.U. where he studied environmental and public policy. He brings to NFS a policy background with experience in the Colorado General Assembly, training in natural resource management, with GIS and website management skills.

Jake is an angler, fly tier, and all-around outdoorsman. Before moving to Oregon he spent most of his time outdoors, whether rafting and canoeing throughout the Rocky Mountains, or skiing and backpacking the numerous 14,000 ft peaks in Colorado. After finishing his degree in 2011, he moved to the northwest in pursuit of steelhead and to explore the beautiful waters that they inhabit.

Jake and his wife live in Ashland, Oregon where he enjoys spending his time outdoors floating and fishing with his black lab Arrow.

Tracy Buckner

Tracy Buckner

Administrative and Development Coordinator
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Tracy Buckner joined NFS in 2012 and quickly filled the role as Administrative and Development Coordinator, as well as Auction Co-Chair.

A native Oregonian, Tracy has spent most of her life exploring the Pacific Northwest. As a kid, she would spend endless summer days with her grandfather fishing the Deschutes and area lakes. Family trips to all corners of the state were a way of life. Tracy was fortunate enough to live abroad for 5 years and traveled extensively throughout Japan and the Far East. She has also spent time living in Arizona, Tennessee and Connecticut, always searching for the road less traveled.

Tracy continues to foster her need for all things wild and free and gets out in the world at every opportunity. When they aren’t rooting for their favorite soccer club, Tracy and her partner in crime, an avid fisherman, hunter, and flytyer, love to pack up their little teardrop and hit the road searching for adventure…and wild, native fish!

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