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Sarah Dyrdahl

Northwest Regional Director

Background: As the Northwest Regional Director, Sarah leads the regional team working to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.

Sarah has been working with communities on river conservation and restoration in Alaska and Oregon since 2004, as a staff biologist for a Native Alaskan Tribe and 15 years as a restoration program manager, and then executive director, for Oregon watershed councils.  Most recently, Sarah served as the aquatic & riparian specialist and interim deputy division chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Before migrating upstream to freshwater ecosystems, Sarah studied nearshore marine ecological communities along the Oregon Coast with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO).  Sarah grew up in the country, on the banks of the Applegate River in southern Oregon, an experience that she weaves into her dream job of conserving and restoring rivers and landscapes through community building. 

When not working, Sarah can be found on or near any body of water, scouring mountain meadows for wildflowers, creeping through forest understories for mushrooms, propagating houseplants, or gardening in pursuit of the next delicious meal. 

Education: Sarah received a B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University and has extensive training in river restoration practice and advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice in the environmental space.

What’s Your Favorite River? My home river, the Applegate, inspired adventure and curiosity and taught me the importance of impermanence.