A portrait of Todd Sampsell smiling outdoors in a natural setting in front of a red barn.

Todd Sampsell

Vice President of Conservation

Todd joined Natural Lands in 2021 to oversee the conservation department, which handles all of the organization’s land protection, conservation easement, planning and municipal services work.

Todd’s 20-year conservation career spans the country. His former employers include Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania, The Nature Conservancy Missouri, Missouri’s Departments of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Friends of Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.

“I’m very excited to return home to Pennsylvania to continue a focus on conservation with Natural Lands and our partners,” said Todd. “Natural Lands’ focus on both protecting Pennsylvania’s lands and waters while strengthening people’s connection to nature is so important. We have tremendous challenges ahead with climate change, loss of biodiversity and insufficient funding to meet the region’s needs. We will need everyone on board to ensure equitable access to and protection of our resources for today and future generations.”

Todd earned his BS in biology from Bloomsburg University, and his MS in biology from California University of Pennsylvania.

Ask Todd about: his family and his dogs (who are family).