I was born in Reno, Nevada, and grew up in Boise, Idaho where my family has lived since 1888; I’m still here today with my wife Susan. I am an avid fly-fisher, wildlife enthusiast, and photographer. I love to hike in the backcountry and see new places throughout the West. I also enjoy seeing live music and playing guitar.
My father, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a hydrologist, was my biggest influence. He exposed me to the value of healthy ecosystems and gave me an understanding of how important it is to protect the lands—and the wildlife that depend on them.
I have a degree in Biology from Idaho State University and studied Fisheries Resource Management at the University of Idaho. While in school, I worked summers as a crew leader doing field research and stream inventories for both the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Fish and Game, collecting data on the now threatened White Sturgeon. I was also a fly-fishing guide for private outfitters in McCall and Yellowpine, Idaho.
After graduation I was a Biological Technician for Idaho Fish and Game. During this time, I helped establish a locally-adapted brood population of steelhead on a tributary of the Upper Salmon River; processed biological information, tagged and counted salmon on the South Fork of the Salmon River; and conducted fin-ray aging studies of Snake River Chinook at the Nampa Fisheries Research Laboratory.
Since 2008 I have been employed by Western Watersheds Project, first as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator, and later as the Idaho Director. I work to protect public lands and wildlife—with a focus on sage grouse, wolves, bighorn sheep, and others—from the impacts of abusive livestock grazing.
I first volunteered with Buffalo Field Campaign in late 2001 after learning about the Campaign and later meeting other volunteers. I spent several years moving between my job with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in the spring/summer to volunteering with BFC in the winters. My experiences at BFC exposed me to many perspectives and to the value of community and activism. I became a BFC board member in 2005, and am a past Board Member of the Wolf Recovery Foundation.
BFC has done an amazing job of bringing knowledge to the public about the plight of wild buffalo. I believe bison are not just an important symbol of the West and its wildlife, but an important part of its ecosystems as well. Their community structure gives us important insights about how to live our own lives. They, and their ecosystem, need our voices to perpetuate themselves long into the future.
“They hang the man and flog the woman
Who steal the goose from off the common,
But let the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from the goose.”
— English folk poem, ca. 1764