Land Bank Staff
Lincoln Bormann, Director
Before joining the Land Bank staff in 2005, Lincoln previously directed the Southwest Florida Program for the Nature Conservancy and oversaw acquisitions for the Sarasota County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. His background includes marine and forest conservation work for the Pew Charitable Trusts and private consulting in forest biodiversity. Lincoln did his post-graduate study at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys hiking and kayaking, as well as catching spot prawns and crab.
Charlie Behnke, Agriculture Program Coordinator & Field Steward
Charlie Behnke prefers to be outdoors in wild places getting dirty and scratched up, lucky for him this is his job. Charlie grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and spent much time experiencing the beauty, bounty, and communities of the San Juan Islands. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biological/Agricultural Sciences and has been living in the islands ever since. His background includes leading the Lopez Island Conservation Corps, a Field Biologist/Naturalist monitoring seabirds and other wildlife, managing the Lopez Community Seed Library, farming, landscaping, and carpentry. Charlie is honored to put his knowledge and skills to work towards the stewardship of these special lands.
Carlton Burns, San Juan Island Field Assistant
Carlton is an east coast product of Maryland. He graduated from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD with a degree in Human Communications. He first came to San Juan in 2017, working with both the Northwest Youth Corps and the National Park Service coordinating youth programs on the island. He continued with The Conservation District in 2018, and has been involved with several other conservation organizations years prior; including the Student Conservation Association and US Fish and Wildlife. Carlton is a firm believer in the healing powers of nature. His passion for growth, and deeply experiencing the outdoors, fuels his excitement for being on board with the Land Bank.
Judy Cumming, Operations Coordinator
Judy’s family moved to San Juan Island in 1976, from Northern California. Watching sunsets at what is now the Westside Scenic Preserve, her family lamented that this spectacular part of the island would most likely go the route of places in California that had been lost over time. In 1990, when the Land Bank became reality, conservation of these special places on all the San Juan Islands started. After working in several professional offices on San Juan Island for over 30 years, Judy was fortunate enough to become a part of the Land Bank staff in 2007, where her training in finance and accounting, along with her interests in outdoor recreation and gardening, allow her to connect with the community, and these islands, which her growing family still calls home.
Peter, Guillozet, Orcas Island Preserve Steward
Peter studied biology at Humboldt State University and earned a graduate degree in ecology from North Carolina State. After several years in the tropics he shifted his focus to watershed management at the Council of Governments in Washington DC. In Oregon, he helped build a successful watershed restoration program at Clean Water Services and then worked as an environmental consultant while supporting his wife’s post-doctoral forestry research overseas. Most recently, he was a senior natural resource scientist at Oregon Metro. Along with his deep affection for the islands, Peter’s passion for habitat conservation and restoration in social-ecological systems led him to the Land Bank in 2018.
Eliza Habegger, Land Steward
Eliza Habegger joined the Land Bank in 2003. She holds a B.A. in Biology/Botany from Cornell University and was previously employed by The Nature Conservancy and the New York Botanical Garden. Her responsibilities include ecological assessment, monitoring, and restoration on Land Bank Preserves, and managing the Salish Seeds Project native plant nursery. With family roots on Waldron Island, Eliza lives with her husband and son on San Juan Island, where she tends an ever-expanding garden and orchard, messes around with art, and builds sheds.
Erin Halcomb, Stewardship Coordinator
Erin has a background in natural resource management and nonfiction writing. She has worked in the Pacific Northwest implementing forest restoration and researching elusive critters such as fishers and flying squirrels. Her articles and essays have appeared in High Country News and various literary journals. Prior to joining the Land Bank, Erin worked at an education center in the Greater Yellowstone where she shared her love for native flora and fauna. She is keen on interdisciplinary approaches to conservation, and grateful to join the island community.
Doug McCutchen, San Juan Island Preserve Steward
As a child, Doug visited family on Lopez Island, and was captivated by the water, land, and people of the San Juans. He moved to the islands soon after graduating from Western Washington University to manage one of the county parks. Doug started out as a volunteer with the Land Bank and has been lucky to work as a steward here since 2004. He’s proud of the work the Land Bank does to provide access to the beauty and wildness of the islands, to protect and improve its rare habitats, and to seek creative ways to maintain a connection with the land and waters that inspired him as a child.
Eric Nelson, Orcas Island Field Assistant
Eric was first introduced to the San Juan Islands as a kid when he spent his summers as a camper and counselor at YMCA Camp Orkila. Since then, he received his degree in Agricultural Sciences and Environmental Policy from Fairhaven College and has spent numerous seasons working in agriculture in Washington State. His connection to the land grew strong during his farming career, though his relationship with the land, and himself, grew even stronger when he successfully completed a six month hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Manning Provincial Park in Canada. He is grateful for the opportunity to join land conservation efforts here in the San Juan Islands.
Kayla Seaforth, Field Assistant
Kayla first began working in the San Juan Islands as a member of the Washington Conservation Corps where she fell in love with the area’s rugged beauty and unique ecosystems. Her position with the Washington Conservation Corps illuminated the potential to build a career working for the land that so deeply influenced her as she grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University in Strategic Communication, though she is a firm believer that every day is an opportunity for continued education and never misses an chance to inspect the fascinating critters and plants that she comes across on various Land Bank Preserves. Kayla feels very lucky to spend her days working hard to protect and care for the land that the Land Bank has the privilege of managing.
Amanda Wedow, Lopez Island Preserve Steward
Amanda has been active in island stewardship since moving to Lopez Island in 2010. She was the Director of the Lopez Island Conservation Corps and has led youth crew projects on many of the public lands on Lopez. She has experience as a landscaper and enjoys working with a diversity of plants and people. Amanda’s background in conservation began at Evergreen State College, where she studied botany and environmental sciences, and received a dual BA/BS. Before taking the position as the Lopez Preserve Steward, Amanda spent three years volunteering as a Land Bank commissioner.
Tanja Williamson, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Tanja Williamson first learned about the San Juan Islands while attending UC Davis. Many moons later, after a gloriously sunny three-day visit in February 2001, followed by endless, soul-sucking hours in Bay Area traffic, Tanja and family traded in their “fast pass” for a “ferry pass,” and moved to San Juan Island. Prior to coming to the Land Bank, Tanja worked for a number of years as the Development Director for San Juan Community Theatre.