- How did you first hear about the CWC?
During a Larimer County HPP Committee Meeting, Justin Foster (CPW) mentioned that there was an opening for an CWC Agricultural Representative.
- What is your role on the CWC?
I am the Agricultural Representative and serve as the conduit to represent Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers on the Council and its initiatives.
- Tell us about your background when it comes to conservation.
I have been involved in hunting and fishing since an early age. Pursuing both big game in the backcountry and elusive trout in mountain streams continue to be passions of mine.
My career has allowed me to be involved in Colorado agriculture and beef production for the last 45 years. I have had the benefit of building relationships with stockmen and farmers across the state while working to understand the opportunities and challenges they all face in their quest to feed the world. One of my mentors, W.D. Farr provided knowledge and understanding of Colorado’s watershed and why we need to build the infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations.
- Why are you so involved with conservation?
I am committed to the conservation of all our natural resources in an attempt to leave the outdoors a better place than when I was first introduced to it. Wildlife habitat conservation is key and maintaining as much of the historical migration corridors as possible is paramount. If I can help to improve the understanding about wildlife conservation across all segments of our population, we will continue to secure these resources for my children, their children, and their children.
- What is your favorite wildlife species?
The Rocky Mountain Elk.
- What is your favorite thing about living in Colorado?
Any opportunity to hike the backcountry. Whether it is chasing bugling bulls in September or casting a fly line in a beaver pond when the ice melts.
- What do you wish Coloradoans knew about the council or wildlife?
A better understanding of how hunting and fishing license fees help to maintain current state parks and recreation sites. The individuals who do not hunt fish continue to utilize our state-wide venues for their personal enjoyment.
- What types of outdoor recreation do you partake in?
Other than hunting and fishing, I enjoy camping, riding snow machines and ATV’s and hiking.
- What is your most memorable story about wildlife or being out in the wild?
Sitting in a high mountain meadow on a misty morning in September with two of my daughters listening to bull elk bugle as they moved their harems through the dark timber.