Meet Our Family
Steve and Kim Bondi, and their children Amelia (9) and Emmet (5) are new owners and caretakers of the North Cascades Basecamp as of June 2010. Since moving to Twisp and full time to the Methow Valley in 2002, Kim and Steve have been working together and individually as biologists involved in conservation, education, and land management. The Basecamp is fulfilling a dream of developing programs and running an outdoor education and learning center, while the bed-&-breakfast style lodge and the magical 20 forested acres of property combines their family’s desire to live sustainably, be good stewards to the land, and give back to the community.
Steve most recently directed the Stewardship Program of the Methow Conservancy, the local land trust in Winthrop, where he worked since 2002 with private landowners and public land managers on projects ranging from riparian habitat restoration, beaver relocation, and forest stewardship to conservation easement monitoring, grant writing, and naturalist hikes. Steve received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound (1994) and his M.S. in Environmental Science/Regional Planning from Washington State University (2002). Steve honed his love of ecology and the outdoors while working in Yellowstone National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Teton Valley, Idaho, to name a few. Steve is motivated to share his love of the Methow Valley and North Cascades, to tell a few good stories and listen to those of Basecamp visitors, and to help interpret the landscape, all to help make your Basecamp experience unique.
Kim’s most recent work has been as the Senior Wildlife Biologist for Pacific Biodiversity Institute, as well as a consultant for local organizations. She was employed for 6 years by Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife, several of which she worked here in the Valley as the Methow Wildlife Area Manager. She received her B.S. in Zoology from Arizona State University, and her M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Washington State University. Kim has focused her career on threatened and endangered species, working with the reintroduction of red wolves in North Carolina; non-invasive sampling techniques for grizzly bears in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska; and surveying and managing shrub steppe habitat. In the Methow Valley, she has also worked with volunteers to survey wetlands for amphibians and conifer forests for western gray squirrels, assisted with the Beaver Reintroduction Project, dabbled in restoration of historic agricultural fields, organized the 2009 Partnership for Sustainable Methow’s Community Harvest Dinner, and coordinated the Methow Conservancy’s 2010 Shrub Steppe Conservation Course. Her love for people, the outdoors, cooking, her children, and education are a driving force behind the Basecamp.
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