Funds Development Coordinator - click here for description

Ellie Routt is an Amador County native. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College and Humboldt State University where she specialized in several natural resources options. Ellie's favorite courses were in Sustainable Agriculture, Botany and Soil Science and she eventually received a degree in Rangeland Resource Science. Ellie has volunteered with various federal, state and local agencies working on projects ranging from exotic plant eradication, to rotational grazing studies, to native landscaping design.


In 2006 Ellie moved back to Amador County to work with the Mother Lode Land Trust as their Executive Director.  She held this position until the fall of 2016 when she became the Stewardship Director.  As the Stewardship Director, Ellie is responsible for the annual monitoring of our conservation easements, the management of our fee owned properties, and for securing new contracts with willing landowners.


Ellie has two boys, Collin and Isaac. The three of them love working outside in the garden, going camping and fishing, and reading stories to each other. Through her work, Ellie hopes she can protect areas that were an important part of her childhood so that her children and her children’s children can enjoy those same places.

Ellie Routt - Stewardship/Executive Director

Mary Cole was a partner for 20 years in a very successful high-volume printing and copying business in Southern California. After selling the business, she earned her AA Degree in Business Administration from Santa Barbara City College.


In 2000, Mary and her husband moved to Calaveras County to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and forests. It was here that she developed her skills in helping non-profits with their membership and promotions coordination, and has 13 years of newsletter publications. Besides the Mother Lode Land Trust, she also works in this capacity for the Friends of the Library of Calaveras County, and Mary runs her own graphic design business, Your Type Graphics.


Mary is enjoying her position with the Mother Lode Land Trust because it allows her the opportunity to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes of event planning. She looks forward to using her extensive experience to bring many opportunities for the public to be a part of the important work of the Mother Lode Land Trust. Her other favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, Tom and their dog, Josie.

Mary Cole - Development Director / Assistant Administrator


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