Board of Directors

Owen Guthrie, President


Owen is an Instructional Designer with UAF eLearning and has a background in Biology & Wildlife. Born and raised in the woods around Fairbanks, he is strongly interested in seeing Fairbanks sustain its green spaces and unique “city in the boreal forest” nature. 
(907) 322-3462 • 1470 Ithaca Rd., Fairbanks, AK, 99709

Martha Raynolds, Treasurer

Martha is a plant biologist with an interest in a variety of ecological issues. She came to Alaska in 1982 and has worked in the Arctic in Alaska, Canada, and Russia. She enjoys cross-country skiing and camping with her family. She was one of the original board members for the Interior Alaska Land Trust and is interested in using private land ownership to further conservation goals.
(907) 479-3726 • 1636 Wolverine Lane, Fairbanks, AK, 99707

Merritt Helfferich

Merritt serves, since 1997, as the Senior Consultant and CEO of Innovation Consulting, Inc., an educational organization management consultancy. He is a founding member of the Interior Alaska Land Trust.

(907) 479-2846 • P.O. Box 80769, Fairbanks, AK 99708-0769

Alex Prichard, Secretary

imagesAlex graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with master’s degrees in Wildlife Biology and Statistics. He currently works as a biologist at ABR Inc. Environmental Research and Services. He specializes in large mammal research. Prior to working at ABR Inc., he worked for the UAF Reindeer Research Program for three years. He has lived in Fairbanks for 19 years and enjoys a variety of outdoor sports.

Seth Adams

Seth was born and rscreen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-13-58-pmaised in Fairbanks. With an education in biology from UAF and the University of British Columbia, Seth works as a writer and photographer, filling in the gaps with work as a carpenter. In his free time playing outside is the priority: Seth‘s primary goal in working with the Land Trust is to resolve trail issues around Fairbanks. Protecting Fairbanks’ complex (and often chaotic) trail network equates to protecting quality of                                                           life.
(907) 590-5009 • 1212 Denali Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Sama Winder


Sama is a biologist currently pursuing her master’s in statistics at UAF. Having worked as IALT’s Project Coordinator for a year she became very involved in many aspects of IALT’s work and wasn’t ready to leave when she went back to school. She loves how easy it is to get outside in Fairbanks, and wants to keep these open spaces undeveloped and available to the community for years to                                                               come.