Meet Our Local Team
Based out of Colfax, Washington, the Whitman Conservation District team partners with local community members on conservation efforts within the southeastern part of Whitman County. Our interdisciplinary team is comprised of natural resource professionals that care highly for the restoration and beautification of the Palouse.
Josh Larsen, District Manager
509-288-4644 | jlarsen@whitmanCD.org
Josh joined the district as the manager in July of 2022. He has worked for several companies in the
Palouse after getting a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Idaho. Josh worked on the Oregon coast as a forester managing replanting and regeneration efforts. He later moved back to the Palouse to manage logging and road building operations. In 2022 Josh completed a masters in restoration ecology and habitat management.
In 2022 he completed a master’s degree from the University of Idaho in restoration ecology and habitat management. His thesis project was creating a forest management plan for the Virgil Philips Farm in Latah county, where he now holds a seat on the Friends of Philips Farm Board.
He has a long background in caring for the environment in a sustainable and responsible way. One of his favorite parts of this job is interacting with landowners to develop plans for the future that benefit both them as well as the environment. Josh has been in the Palouse since 2011 where he is married to his lovely wife Heather, and they have two children. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and doing various woodworking projects at his home.
Glenn Mitchell, Conservation Planner
509-288-4644 | glennm@whitmanCD.org
Glenn grew up in a military family moving around the world. He earned a masters in Restoration Ecology and Habitat Management from the University of Idaho. He worked in various positions including a wildlife technician for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fish, a water quality technician and AmeriCorps intern with the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute.
Glenn moved to the Palouse area in 2019 with his wife and has been with the district since 2021. In his free time Glenn enjoys camping, fishing, and travelling with his wife and dog.
Mackenzie Perry, Conservation Technician
509-288-4644 | mperry@whitmanCD.org
Mackenzie earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in wildlife ecology and conservation sciences. She joined the crew in November of 2023 as a conservation technician. She shows a strong passion for conservation and sustainability in her day-to-day life and at work. Mackenzie spends her free time roaming the Palouse with her dogs, hiking, rock climbing, or reading.