Honoring Bob Carey, a Champion for Rivers!

By Kat Morgan, Associate Director of Puget Sound Conservation

It is celebration season, and our staff wanted to get a jump on festivities by celebrating Bob Carey, our director of strategic partnerships for Puget Sound, in reaching his 20th anniversary with The Nature Conservancy! 

Bob Carey canoeing the upper Skagit River of Washington with his two sons. The Nature Conservancy has been working to preserve the mighty Skagit River for more than 30 years. Photo © Bridget Besaw.

Just think, when Bob started working with the Conservancy, today’s college sophomores were just coming into the world and the oldest bald eagles returning to the Upper Skagit this winter were just hatching (the average lifespan for a bald eagle is 20 years)! But Bob’s passion for conserving nature and for sharing his love of Puget Sound Rivers was already well developed.

Over the past 20 years, he has helped our chapter lean into big ideas, jump on new opportunities and take on audacious goals for restoring our rivers, including championing the needs and desires of our human communities alongside those rivers.

Bob Carey and his two sons turn over a rock on the beach of Barnum Point to discover what wonders might be hidden beneath. Photo © Benj Drummond.

Bob provided the vision and energy behind the Floodplains by Design coalition, which is re-thinking the way we manage river floodplains in Puget Sound and is bringing together communities to create a common picture of a future where nature, people and our economy are all healthy and thriving.

Bob Carey and Libby Mills with binoculars along the Skagit River in 2007.  Photo by Peter Dunwiddie/TNC.

Help us celebrate Bob by learning more about some of the projects Floodplains by Design has inspired and supported across the state.  

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