Chris Idso

Plant Manager & SPP Program Liaison
Stafford Creek Corrections Center

Chris Idso speaks about his environmental philosophy to a graduating class of Roots of Success. Photo by Joslyn Trivett.

Chris Idso speaks about his environmental philosophy to a graduating class of Roots of Success. Photo by Joslyn Trivett.

Chris Idso was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He went to college at Western Washington University, and dropped out as a junior to start a nursery business. Currently he is the Facilities Manager at Stafford Creek Corrections Center (SCCC), a prison that houses nearly 2000 male inmates in Aberdeen, Washington. His background in the nursery industry is what drove him to build a horticultural program at SCCC. It was that horticultural infrastructure that attracted SPP and prairie conservation partners to the site for SPP’s first conservation nursery.

Chris doesn’t have much background or experience with science, but has spent most of his life exploring all areas of the Pacific Northwest and the nature it has to offer. He has always enjoyed any opportunities to meet and interact with all the different partners involved with SPP. A couple years ago, he had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour at Northwest Trek, and that was very cool.

Chris has helped to set a standard for sustainability programming that receives frequent attention and visits from across the country and around the world. His vision for SPP is to become financially secure and to continue its success and growth, becoming a nationwide organization.