Jill Silver is the Executive Director and Watershed Program Manager at 10,000 Years Institute, a non-profit science and education group based on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Townsend.
The Institute develops and implements applied research projects, watershed monitoring, and educational programs that inform and encourage sustainable resource management and conservation in forested watershed ecosystems.
Jill is a watershed ecologist with a passion for connecting to the natural world through landscape stewardship in many forms, ranging from biomimicry to forestry, and from residential backyards to entire watersheds and ecoregions. She develops projects and research that contribute locally-sourced knowledge to locally-based solutions for challenging and complex issues. For example, she enjoys assessing and addressing the intersection between climate change, forest health, and invasive plants.
Working in communities with diverse partners, Jill identifies needs and opportunities for jobs in research, restoration and stewardship. She pioneers methods and projects that increase restoration success while decreasing costs and impacts over time.
Jill brings her passion for thriving biodiversity to boards and committees including the Olympic Forest Coalition, the Olympic Forest Collaborative, the North Pacific Coast Marine Resource Committee, the North Pacific Coast Lead Entity, the Olympic Invasives Working Group, and the Washington Scotch Broom Working Group. She is also a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists.