Having grown up in the area, Sharyl returned in 2009. She has worked as an attorney and advisor for both the U of I and WSU, and in those jobs has had the opportunity to work on multiple unique real estate transactions, many of which included conservation elements. Before returning to the area she practiced water law in Oregon, following a clerkship, and law school in Boulder, Colorado, where she focused on natural resources law. She has long believed in the value of purposeful and multi-faceted conservation, such as that supported by land trusts, seeing it as a means of bringing diverse communities and groups together around common values of love and respect for the land.
Currently she works in International Programs at WSU, which allows her to pursue her interests in the world at large, sparked early on by her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Having lived and traveled all around the US and the world, she is always happy to return to the hills, open skies, and smells of the Palouse. She lives outside of the town of Palouse on land that allows her to actively supports all of the local nurseries and seed producers who sell native plants and seeds; everyday she is more appreciative of the wisdom in the words of Aldo Leopold: “We shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people, in these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve, but to strive.”