A lifelong British Columbian, dedicated conservationist and outdoor enthusiast, the late Donald Leslie Krogseth (1940-2023) will always be remembered for his incredible dedication to protecting British Columbia’s natural world. Don was passionate about conservation and his commitment to The Nature Trust of British Columbia for more than 25 years made an immeasurable impact on the province’s wildlife and habitat.  

“Don was a great conservation leader and philanthropist,” says Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC. “He exemplified grace, class, and kindness in all his dealings with staff. I always admired his enthusiasm for protecting B.C.’s rivers. Don is missed and cherished by our team.” 

As a self-described ‘keen fisherman’, Don cared deeply about protecting British Columbia’s abundant rivers. He taught his family to fly fish at Pennask Lake and made annual fishing trips with his sons and friends along the B.C. coast. Don passed on this love to not only his children but to his grandchildren, noting in 2019 that “enjoying nature is a family focus.” 

Don joined The Nature Trust’s Board of Directors in 1997 and remained on the Board until 2007, serving as Chair from 2003 to 2005. He provided critical leadership and support for The Nature Trust’s  purchase of 10,000 acres in the Hoodoos Conservation Complex, and for a major land acquisition along the Englishman River. At the time, these were the largest land acquisition projects The Nature Trust had ever completed simultaneously. Don was also a strong advocate for sound governance. He exemplified the very best traditions of the Nature Trust’s Board leadership.  

“Don was dedicated to broadening awareness of the impact of The Nature Trust of BC throughout the province through outreach to his many business and personal connections. He was a skilled spokesperson for nature on camera or on a podium.” says Peter Speer, NTBC Board Member and previous Chair, “Don was also a mentor who encouraged and guided me on my path to becoming Chair of The Nature Trust’s volunteer Board of Directors. His love of the outdoors and flyfishing are well known, but perhaps less well known are the many ways in which he made a difference for nature in B.C.” 

In 2016, Don was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada for his work with The Nature Trust, and in 2019 he was awarded The Nature Trust’s Conservation Champion Award. Don’s contributions to conservation in B.C. extended throughout the province through his active involvement with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and more. His dedication to protecting B.C.’s habitat will have a lasting impact on our province for generations to come.  

Don is lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years Jeri, his sons, grandchildren, his brother Rob and extended family. The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s staff, Board of Directors, and Advisory Board will always remember him for his kindness and contributions. Don was a staunch supporter of the Nature Trust’s Fall Gala, and his presence and gravitas will be missed when we gather this upcoming fall. 

The Krogseth family would appreciate donations in Don’s memory be sent to The Nature Trust of British Columbia or to the Food Bank of your choice.