- How did you first hear about the CWC?
I first learned about the CWC about four years ago. I had the pleasure of partnering with the Colorado Wildlife Council through a social media collaboration in hopes to create content and spread awareness on the benefits of hunting and fishing licenses. Through that collaboration, I was able to gain a better understanding of the council and its mission.
- What is your role on the CWC?
My role within the CWC is the West Slope angler representative. This position allows me to offer insight and education to the greater public on the benefits of advocating for public lands; balancing wildlife populations; protecting threatened and endangered species; and why we should purchase hunting and fishing licenses, habitat stamps and state parks passes.
- Tell us about your background when it comes to conservation.
As my angling career progressed, I watched our resources become negatively impacted and I felt it was important to become more involved with organizations that are making a positive impact in conservation. It’s been a journey of learning opportunities and immersing myself into experiences that allow me to advocate for the resources that I love. In recent years, I’ve been able to work toward lowering and offsetting my carbon footprint to become a carbon neutral fly-fishing guide in the state of Colorado, as well as working with nonprofits on various projects with a focus on restoration efforts, habitat improvements and other initiatives. I’m excited to continue educating myself on conservation and to find more ways to be involved with the hope of helping to protect the resources we love.<!
- What is your favorite wildlife species and why?
As an angler, it only feels fitting to say cutthroat trout. Not only are they vibrant and beautiful, but they can be found in some of the most remote settings. You truly have to get out there and explore in order to find them.
- What is your favorite thing about living in Colorado?
My favorite thing about living in Colorado is the abundance of activities to participate in and the number of people who are passionate about protecting our beautiful state.
- What types of outdoor recreation do you partake in?
Besides fishing, I absolutely love floating down the river, hiking to high alpine lakes, and snowboarding during the winter months!
- What is your most memorable story about wildlife or being out in the wild?
I don’t have a single, most memorable moment about being out in the wild. Every experience has offered its own lesson and has given me a profound opportunity to appreciate nature, wildlife, and this beautiful place we call home.