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Washington County Regional Stewardship Manager

Department: Stewardship
Region: Downeast
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Kyle Koch cannot remember a time when he wasn’t captivated by the outdoors. He grew up in the White Mountains in NH and knew that he wanted to extend his passion into a career. He graduated from Unity College in Maine with a degree in freshwater ecology. He then traveled around the country a bit and ended up in Washington State where he spent 15 years restoring riparian habitat for Pacific salmon. Missing blueberries, lobster, moose and the quiet, rugged New England Coast, Kyle is happy to be back. He is ecstatic to be reunited with his family and getting reacquainted with Maine. Look for Kyle behind a camera lens, attempting to catch elusive trout on a fly rod or exploring the many waterways downeast.

Kyle has worked with MCHT since 2023

On land conservation: “I spent most of my time outside as a kid and I feel most fortunate that I got the chance to do so before the internet and smart phones. To me, land conservation is all about balance between community recreation, sustainable economic growth, and space for our ecosystems to thrive. It’s difficult to find that balance but I believe that we can do so by working together.”

On the job: As a Regional Stewardship Manager, Kyle manages beautiful MCHT preserves in northeastern Washington County from Perry, Pembroke, Eastport and down to Machiasport. He also works with community members overseeing Conservation Easements.