I graduated from Evergreen State College in 2014 with a dual undergraduate degree in Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Studies. In the past 5 years, I have worked for multiple state and federal agencies performing multiple facets of fishery sciences and conservation based projects. Just recently, I have accepted a position with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in their AIS department (aquatic invasive species). In my personal life, I am an avid fly fisherman, backpacker, and overall lover of all the outdoors have to offer.
Why do you want to be on the Board of Directors for the Madison River Foundation?
I have been informed of the importance and grandeur of the Madison River from numerous friends and contacts in the fishery world. I am very excited to live near the Madison myself. I understand how important this river is for Montana environmentally, economically, and socially and I would be proud to be apart of any organization that would stand for the preservation of such a resource.
What makes our mission meaningful to you?
The Madison River Foundation stands for the preservation of a resource with insurmountable importance, as a fellow conservationist I understand the importance of such an organization and fully support its mission statement.
What experience would you bring to the MRF board?
In my experience with state and federal agencies, I have had dealings with numerous organizations and interest groups coming together on issues with different points of view. I would bring this experience of dealing with different interest groups to the MRF to hopefully and satisfaction for the future uses of the river. I would also bring my years of experience in fishery and conservation sciences.
What interests you about our organization? Which aspect of our organization interests you most?
I am very interested in the stream bank restoration efforts the foundation has completed as well as the future proposed ones.
What is your favorite project the foundation has worked on and why?
Three Dollar Bridge restoration project. I have seen first hand the positive affects stream bank and riparian restoration can have on river and fishery resource. I have seen the proposed site and firmly believe restoration efforts at that location will greatly benefit the Madison River Ecosystem.
Do you support Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recommendations for the Madison River Recreation Plan? Why or why not?
Yes, I believe the state as well as MRF sees the need for a recreation plan due to the overuse of the river and resource and all the negative implications that come with that. It is the duty of Montana FWP to manage the resource in order to preserve its use for future generations.
Do you support walk-in wade only sections on the Madison River? Why or why not?
Yes, I believe that walk-in wade sections of the river will open up access to more people. Not all are fortunate enough to be able to afford a boat or to hire a professional guide.
Do you believe that the fishery will be impacted by overuse?
How important is advocacy on local, state, and federal policies to you?
Very important, the public should have a say on the policies that will directly affect them.
What experience do you have with fundraising?
How would you plan to increase fundraising for the Foundation as Board of Director?
Increase outreach and education as to the importance of the work the foundation is doing as well as seek out conservation based grants.
How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of the Foundation?
I am able to commit however much time is needed.