Trout Unlimited hires new Idaho Water Project director

Mark Davidson will pursue collaborative water projects with agriculture

Boise—Trout Unlimited today announced the hiring of Mark Davidson as TU’s new director of the Idaho Water Project. In the position, Davidson will oversee collaborative projects throughout Idaho that encourage smart water management and meet diverse needs, from agriculture and industry to fish and wildlife resources.

“We’re excited to have Mark’s leadership and experience on board for Trout Unlimited,” said Scott Yates, director of TU’s Western Water Project, which has completed scores of landowner habitat conservation projects in six Western states. “Trout Unlimited has a track record of working with ranchers, landowners and other water users to find balanced, commonsense solutions that keep our rivers and fisheries intact and healthy. For years here in Idaho, Mark has been a leader in bringing folks together to find win-win solutions. He’ll hit the ground running.”

Mark Davidson demonstrates one of his job qualifications as the new director of Trout Unlimited’s Idaho Water Project

Mark has worked for more than a decade for The Nature Conservancy in their Hailey office. In the first few years at TNC, he managed the Silver Creek Preserve. Since 2003, as TNC’s Senior Conservation Manager for central Idaho, he has been involved with numerous innovative land and water transactions, including a number of restoration projects in the Upper Salmon River.

An Idaho native who grew up on a small farm on the Snake River Plain, Mark understands the needs and realities of agriculture. In the past decade, he has worked closely with the ranch and farm community, completing restoration projects that enhance Idaho’s rivers and streams while improving water management and irrigation infrastructure for producers.

“There are tremendous opportunities in Idaho for developing projects that benefit fisheries as well as ranchers and water users,” said Mark. “I look forward to working with old friends in the agriculture community as well as meeting new ones to find pragmatic solutions.”

Mark will be based in Hailey and can be reached at

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