Favorite Place in the Northwest:Sinlahekin Valley
Favorite Northwest Animal:Cascade red fox
Matthew Danielson leads our Forest Field Program work on the Okanogan National Forest, including coordinating with the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative, Methow and Entiat ranger districts, as well as the Tonasket Ranger District of the Colville National Forest.
Matthew was born and raised in Omak, Washington and continues to work and live there because “it is a microcosm of the American West – the Columbia basin desert meets the North Cascade and Rocky Mountain forests to provide some of the widest ranging habitats on earth!” Danielson received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and spent his college summers working on wildlife survey, timber marking, and wildfire suppression crews for the U.S. Forest Service.
After graduating, he ran around the Inland Northwest supporting different carnivore research projects before finding permanent work for Department of Natural Resources as a timber sale biologist in Washington’s lynx habitat for several years. Matthew is excited to apply his experiences with local communities, wildlife, and forestry to fulfill Conservation Northwest’s mission in this region. During his free time, Danielson birdwatches, hunts, and fishes, while trying to balance or incorporate biking, skiing, and kayaking. He lives with his fiancé, their cat, and a community of native birds and insects he tries to support through gardening.