David Winter will assume executive director responsibilities at Capitol Land Trust, the Olympia-based land preservation operation announced.

The trust’s board of directors said Tuesday that Winter, an Olympia native, emerged from a nationwide search to lead the organization, which operates in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties.

David Winter. Courtesy photo.

“We’re very pleased to welcome David to Capitol Land Trust,” CLT board president Craig Partridge said. “David brings a tremendous set of skills and knowledge, which will allow us to deepen our engagement with our communities to conserve lands and provide increased opportunities for nearby outdoor experiences and learning.”

Winter most recently worked at REI in Seattle, according to a release, where he managed Puget Sound outdoor programs and outreach. He previously oversaw strategic outreach and development for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national outfit based in Colorado.

Winter earned his degree in outdoor recreation from Western Washington University, and has focused his career on “conserving outdoor places,” the release said.

At Capitol Land Trust, he will be tasked with increasing public access to and educational opportunities on organization lands. That work is expected to fit in with the overall mission to strategically conserve natural areas and working lands in the southwest part of the state.