A Vigorous and Vigilant Presence
Volunteers bring to the Preservation Trust what spring pollinators bring to island wildflowers: Their fresh and buzzing energy enlivens our conservation work. We’re grateful to all of our volunteers, and honor one of the standouts, Troy Buckley, as our 2020-21 Volunteer of the Year.
Troy began rolling up his sleeves at SJPT work parties in 2014, shortly after he and his wife, Kristin, purchased a home on Orcas Island. (Full disclosure: Kristin recently joined our staff as Director of Philanthropy, but Troy distinguished himself as a volunteer well before that, while the couple were still part-time islanders based in Seattle.)
Throughout his career as a marine fisheries biologist, Troy studied species interactions and food webs. “In my work ranging from the Pacific Islands to the Alaskan Arctic, ” he says, “I saw the need to protect and rehabilitate impacted habitats and animal populations by preserving healthy ecosystems and treasured resources”—words he continues to live by as a volunteer Preserve Steward.
Troy is a vigilant presence at Turtleback Mountain and Turtlehead preserves. After windstorms, he clears downed trees from the trails. He picks up trash, pulls weeds, and logs sharp-eyed observations. He joins every work party with vigor and never hesitates to get his hands dirty.
“I get a deep sense of satisfaction,” he says, “knowing that I am contributing to the health of our islands and the enjoyment of what they offer to current and future generations, humans and nonhumans alike.”
Visit sjpt.org/volunteermonth for more volunteer appreciation.