The staff and board of Teton Regional Land Trust are proud to announce the recent hiring of Joselin Matkins as the new Land Protection Director. This added capacity comes at an important time for the Land Trust as it prepares to accommodate increased interest in conservation stemming from the expanded federal tax incentives and increases in available funds for purchasing easements. Matkins comes to the Teton Regional Land Trust after five years as the Executive Director of the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust in Pocatello and has served as the Chair of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts since 2009.
Matkins will fill the role previously held by Babette Thorpe, who has transitioned to the role of Major Gifts Director for the Teton Regional Land Trust. This year, the Teton Regional Land Trust plans to surpass 30,000 acres of protected farms and ranches in Eastern Idaho.
“We are delighted that Joselin is joining our team,” Teton Regional Land Trust Executive Director Chet Work said, “We’ve partnered with her on numerous conservation efforts over the years and look forward to the experience and understanding she brings to the position.”
A fourth generation Idahoan, Matkins’ family homesteaded in Roberts before settling near Mud Lake. Matkins was born in Pocatello and grew up in the Wood River Valley. It was at her family’s cabin near the South Fork that she developed her early appreciation of nature and wildlife, and east Idaho’s cultural heritage.
Matkins received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and worked as an ecologist at various field stations across the Southern Rockies. Matkins started her land trust journey as an intern with the Wood River Land Trust before returning to graduate school at Oregon State University. After graduate school, she worked for the Placer Land Trust in Northern California as the staff scientist and land manager before taking the Executive Director position at Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust. Matkins also worked as the Lemhi Regional Land Trust Conservation Easement Stewardship Consultant.
Matkins is an avid outdoor enthusiast and especially enjoys hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and floating local rivers.
“Since returning to Idaho in 2008, I have admired the work of the Teton Regional Land Trust. They are undoubtedly the most successful community-based land trust in Idaho, and it is an honor to become part of their team. Over the last several years I have been so impressed with their staff and board, not to mention the quality of their work that has safeguarded critical wildlife habitat and irreplaceable family farms and ranches,” said Matkins.