Toni Hardesty


Toni Hardesty is the director of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, a non-profit global conservation organization.

Hardesty oversees The Nature Conservancy’s work around the state and region, focusing on collaborative conservation projects that protect land and water for nature and people.

Prior to assuming her post with The Nature Conservancy, Hardesty served as director of Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality. She was appointed by Governor Dirk Kempthorne in 2004 and then reappointed by Governors James Risch and C.L. “Butch” Otter. As director, she was responsible for leading efforts to preserve the quality of Idaho’s air, land, and water for the use and enjoyment now and in the future.

An Idaho native, Hardesty has also worked for the Environmental Protection Agency and in the private sector as an environmental consultant working with and assisting private industry, government agencies, and non-profits on a wide range of environmental issues.

Toni and her family are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy backpacking, hiking, skiing, and exploring the special places in Idaho.