- How did you first hear about the CWC?
I was contacted by a manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife who thought I might be a good fit for the Colorado Wildlife Council (CWC). I was aware of the CWC in advance of that due to the Hug a Hunter campaign and, therefore, I was intrigued when I was contacted.
- What is your role on the CWC?
I’m the media and marketing representative and I’ve also had the pleasure of serving as chairman for the past few years.
- Tell us about your background when it comes to conservation?
I suppose I’ve always had a more traditional rural mindset because of where I live and how I make my living. As a commercial river outfitter, I’ve spent a lot of time in remote and hard-to-access locations throughout Colorado. During that time, I’ve personally seen the impact of increased demand, competitive uses and, quite frankly, misuse, all of which impact wildlife, habitat and recreation.
- Why are you so involved with conservation?
Simple – because everyone should be involved with conservation!
- What is your favorite wildlife species and why?
I suppose there’s no specific species, but the incredible diversity of wildlife is what inspires me. Colorado is unique. We’re unlike other places, and the abundance of wildlife adds color to any of our many landscapes.
- What is your favorite thing about living in Colorado?
Thankfully, all I know is living in Colorado.
- What do you wish Coloradoans knew about the council or wildlife?
Everyone in Colorado should understand the benefits of wildlife, habitat and recreation, and understand that the hunting and angling communities have been the historic stewards of the resource. The conservation work generated through hunting and angling license sales has paved the way for what many consider to be the very essence of Colorado. Regardless of how you engage with the outdoors, real stewardship begins when you assume the same level of responsibility, both personally and financially.
- What types of outdoor recreation do you partake in? (List ones beyond just hunting and fishing if applicable.)
I suppose I’m lucky in that I get to raft or kayak quite literally whenever I want to. I also have the pleasure of teaching commercial guides, hopefully equipping them with information that can be passed on to our guests whether they’re residents or visitors to Colorado. In the fall, I try to sharpen my rather mediocre angling skills, and in the wintertime, I pursue my dream of being a ski bum!
- What is your most memorable story about wildlife or being out in the wild?
I have a lot of stories, but the one that leapt to mind was when I was paddling the upper reaches of a little creek coming off of Mount Harvard, when I came around the corner to watch two Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in full rut. I clung to the side of the creek and was able to be part of the scene unfolding in front of me, which I can recall as clearly as if it was yesterday.