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Who We Are: Some of Sierra Club's Conservation Leaders

Jon Schwedler

Jon Schwedler is the Sierra Club's national Sierra Sportsmen Organizer. He is a lifelong sportsman, and has worked in conservation for ten years. The scope of his experience spans the globe, from remote Pacific atolls to Rocky Mountain peaks, dwarf wedge mussels to jaguars. He was born and raised in Maryland, has also lived in Montana, and currently resides in New Mexico with his wife and two young boys.

Bill Arthur

Bill Arthur is Sierra Club's Deputy National Field Director and the Club's past Northwest and Alaska Regional Director. Bill has worked with Sierra Club to conserve fish, wildlife and wilderness for 31 years: 21 years as a staff person and 10 years as a volunteer with the Northern Rockies Chapter. Arthur has been a leader of Sierra Club's wild salmon restoration campaign for the past 10 years. Bill also taught economics at Spokane Falls Community College for several years while doing economic work on energy and other natural resource issues in the Northwest.

Bill grew up in rural Northwest Montana and in Eastern Washington. He is an avid flyfisher, with a passion for trout and steelhead, and likes to combine his angling with wildland backpacking and rafting trips whenever possible.

Bob Clark

Bob is an Associate Representative for the Sierra Club in Missoula, Montana field office. He has worked for the organization since 2001. Bob works on a variety of issues including public land and wildlife protection, forest and watershed restoration, energy policy, engaging hunters and anglers, and building partnerships with non-traditional allies. Bob works through agency administrative channels to maximize protections for wildlife, land, and water while engaging elected officials and the public.

Bob has fished his entire life starting at a very young age cane-pole fishing for bluegill and crappie on Michigan lakes. More recently, Bob has taken up big game hunting in Montana with a .50 cal Hawken black powder, muzzleloader. A former Army medic, construction worker and union organizer, Bob spends much of his spare time exploring wilderness with his three children, wife and his many friends.

Dave Foreman

Dave Foreman has worked as a wilderness conservationist since 1971. Dave served as Vice Chair and Wilderness Chair of Sierra Club's Rio Grande Chapter from 1974 to 1978 and on Sierra Club's Board of Directors from 1995 to 1997.

From 1973 to 1980 Dave worked for The Wilderness Society, first as Southwest Regional Representative in New Mexico and later as the Director of Wilderness Affairs in Washington, DC. From 1976 to 1980 Dave was a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Mexico Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. From 1982 to 1988 he was editor of the Earth First! Journal.

Foreman is a founder of The Wildlands Project, serving as its Chairman from 1991 to 2003 and as Executive Editor or Publisher of the journal Wild Earth during that same period. Dave is now the Director and Senior Fellow of The Rewildling Institute, a conservation think tank advancing the ideas of conservation on a continental scale. Dave also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance.

Foreman is a sought after speaker on conservation issues and is the author of The Lobo Outback Funeral Home (a novel), Confessions of an Eco-Warrior, The Big Outside (with Howie Wolke) and Rewilding North America. Dave is the lead author and network designer of the Sky Islands Wildlands Network Conservation Plan and the New Mexico Highlands Wildlands Network Vision for The Wildlands Project. He received the 1996 Paul Petzoldt Award for Excellence in Wilderness Education and was named by Audubon Magazine in 1998 as one of the 100 Champions of Conservation of the 20th Century.

Foreman is a backpacker, river runner, canoeist, fly-fisher, hunter, wilderness photographer, and bird-watcher. He lives in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tim Guilfoile

Tim Guilfoile is a resident of Edgewood who works as a conservation organizer for the Sierra Club. He's also an avid hunter and fisherman. His mission is to bring environmentalists and sportsmen together in an effort to protect the creeks and rivers of Northern Kentucky. He believes environmentalists and sportsmen have much in common because of their love for woods and waters.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton is Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Club. In this role Bruce directs Sierra Club's national and international conservation campaigns and Sierra Club's legislative program in Washington D.C. Bruce also oversees the regional field offices, the national media staff, the conservation law program, the political program, and the state government program.

From 1983 to 1993 Hamilton served as Sierra Club's National Field Director, where he managed the national field office system and planned and implemented national conservation campaigns. Bruce's Sierra Club career began in 1977 as the Northern Plains Regional Representative, serving Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. During his seven years in this position, he directed and carried out campaigns on diverse issues such as national park preservation, air quality improvement, and sustainable energy development.

Hamilton has served on the Environmental Support Center Board of Directors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Advisory Council on Sustainable Economies. He is presently a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Before joining the Sierra Club staff, Hamilton researched national resource issues as News Editor for High Country News and conducted environmental impact analyses as a field biologist for Environmental Impact Analysts, Inc., and the Thorne Ecological Institute.

Hamilton received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, where he graduated summa cum laude, in 1973. He and his wife, Joan, former Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra Club's magazine Sierra, have two children and live in Berkeley, California.

Todd Herreid

Todd Herreid is the Chair of Sierra Club's Wyoming Chapter, a member of the Club's National Grazing Committee, and has been active in a variety of Sierra Club entities including Vice Chair of the Northern Plains Regional Conservation Committee, member of the Wild Planet Strategy Team, member of the National Wetlands Committee and member of the Great American Prairie Ecoregion Task force. Todd Has a BA and MBA from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and is a Healthcare Administrator in Southwestern Wyoming. In addition to the Sierra Club, Todd has been the Chair of Ducks Unlimited in Green River, WY.

Being raised in North Dakota, Todd has been an avid hunter and angler his entire life. Todd says that, "It was my background as a hunter and an angler that lead me to realize how vital it is to preserve our wild places so that I can continue to hunt and fish with my kids and someday with my grandchildren. Hunting and fishing is my heritage that I want to share with my children. A love of the wild places is a value that I want to nurture in my children." Both of Todd's children, Judith age 16 and Colter age 11, love to hunt and fish and have developed a strong environmental ethic. Judith killed her first big game animal last year, a nice 14.5 inch antelope buck!

When not working Todd likes to spend as much time as possible either fly fishing on the Green River or fishing in Lake Flaming Gorge. Todd also regularly hunts antelope, elk, mule deer, coyotes and a variety of small game and birds. Along with hunting and fishing Todd is an avid horseman and regularly takes his horses to the mountains to fish and hunt.

Maurice Holloway

Maurice Holloway and his wife Jan have been members of the Sierra Club since 1959. Maurice's service to the Club includes Trustee of the Sierra Club Foundation: 1983-1989 (president 1985-1987); National Advisory Council 1977-present (past chair); and member of the Sierra Club Foundation /Sierra Club National Advancement Committee. Over the years, they have also participated in a number of Sierra Club outings-notably game viewing in Kenya and Zambia, hiking in Spain, a Sierra Nevada family base camp, and a climb of Mount Shasta.

They are native Californians and have lived in San Francisco since 1964. Their four children are all Bay Area residents.

Maurice is the retired CEO of Cornnuts, Inc, a family owned food processing firm, which was sold to Nabisco in 1997. The company's product was based on a domestically hybridized version of Cuzco corn native to Peru.

Maurice was introduced to fishing and many of California's streams by his father at an early age. He has made trips to Argentina, Chile, Canada, New Zealand, Alaska, and Russia in pursuit of trout, salmon, steelhead and other fish.

Indeed, it was the original enthusiasm for fishing which stimulated his awareness and sensitivity for the environment as a whole. Protection of habitat with all its ramifications is the key to a robust fishery. Given catch and release fishing as the norm, if we take care of their habitat, the fish will take care of themselves.

Jean Legge

Jean Legge is Conservation Chair of Sierra Club's Dacotah Chapter (ND) and is an avid hunter, a vocation she picked up from her husband. Jean's favorite hunting challenge is bowhunting for white-tailed deer. Like many hunters, she is also an avid birdwatcher and even has her own bird guiding business.

Jean is also a biology, earth and environmental science high school teacher who has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year by National Association of Biology Teachers, and is listed in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who of American Teachers.

In addition to her work with Sierra Club, Jean is a past Board member of the the Barnes County Wildlife Federation, and past Board member of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation Chapter. In 2003 the North Dakota Wildlife Federation named Jean "Water Conservationists of the Year." Jean has also served on the board of the "Save The Sheyenne" group, an independent grassroots organization fighting water projects that hurt the Sheyenne River in ND. Jean has also been recognized for her butterflies of North America collection by the Army Corps of Engineers and by her alma mater, Valley State University. She is also a facilitator for the national environmental education programs, Project WET and Project WILD, and has logged over 500 hours of contact time.

At home, Jean is a proud grandmother and vows to try to slow down, so she can have more time for the grandkids and make sure they have opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife. After many years, she finally has her left-handed rifle, left-handed shotgun, and left-handed bow, and proclaims hunting is more enjoyable when you have the right equipment.

Jim Margadant

Jim Margadant, of Rapid City, SD, has been a member of the Sierra Club since 1978. Presently he serves as the Chair of the Black Hills Group, the Conservation Chair of the South Dakota Chapter, and is a member of the Club's national Wildlands Campaign Committee. Most of his work with the Club involves preservation of wilderness and back-country areas, and the protection of wildlife habitat and endangered species.

Jim grew up in southern Minnesota where he learned to love upland game hunting. He moved to South Dakota in 1965 where his hunting expanded to include ducks, Canadian geese, deer and elk. Jim also enjoys hiking and camping.

In addition to his affiliation with the Sierra Club, Jim is also a member of Wilderness Watch, Back-country Hunters & Anglers, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Black Hills Sportsmen.

Jeff Olson

Sometimes finding a place to hunt and fish in quiet and solitude can be like pulling teeth. Just ask Rapid City, South Dakota, dentist, sportsman, and Sierra Club member Dr. Jeff Olson.

Born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Olson has hunted and fished all of his life. He remembers how his grandfather, who was also a dentist, used to wake him up two hours before sunrise so they could troll for trout in Sheridan Lake. Today, he spends 60 days in the field each year fly fishing, stalking deer with bow, rifle and muzzleloader, and hunting upland birds with his three dogs.

Unfortunately, just as in much of the country, the crush of an expanding population and accompanying development have made the outdoor heritage enjoyed by Jeff and over 30 million other Americans less than secure. "What used to be winter range for elk and deer at the edge of Rapid City now has houses on it," says Olson. "We've lost a lot of good winter range to development."

Witnessing firsthand the price of a lack of active voices for conservation led Olson to become engaged in a variety of organizations working on behalf of South Dakota's wildlife and the open spaces they and the people of the state depend on. Jeff currently sits on the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission, which oversees fish and wildlife conservation activities by the state. He is well-suited for this job given his past roles as state habitat chair for the National Wild Turkey Federation and president of the Black Hills Sportsmen Club, where he became active in efforts to add over 70,000 acres of the Buffalo Gap National Grassland, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, to the National Wilderness Preservation System -- work he continues today through the Sierra Club, which is a member of the South Dakota Grasslands Wilderness Coalition.

Wilderness designation for the grassland would allow hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation to continue in the area but would prohibit the use of motorized vehicles for recreation, oil and gas drilling, and other development. "It's important to protect the solitude found in those grasslands," says Olson. "There are not many places where you can get away from motorized vehicles anymore."

Wilderness would also secure native prairie habitat for pronghorn antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, sharptail grouse, and other wildlife. "We've been slowly tearing up our native prairie," says Olson. "Now, with the new ethanol incentive, we're going to tear up more to plant corn."

If hunting and the wildlife that it depends on are to have a future in South Dakota, then setting aside some public lands as wilderness is one of the best ways to protect the habitat both rely on. The South Dakota Grasslands Wilderness Coalition brings together sportsmen and other conservationists, including the Sierra Club, Safari Club International, Black Hills Sportsmen Club, Trout Unlimited, and World Wildlife Fund for the purpose of protecting South Dakota's outdoor heritage by establishing the first federally recognized wilderness areas in the state.

Bart Semcer

Bart Semcer is an avid outdoorsman who has dedicated his life to conserving the world's wildlife and wild places. Bart currently serves the Sierra Club as its Washington, DC Representative for Fish and Wildlife Policy and Hunting and Fishing Programs. In this position his responsibilities include developing and executing government relations strategies on issues related to the management of endangered species, public lands and the perpetuation of America's outdoor heritage.

Prior to joining the Sierra Club staff Bart Served the Sierra Club in a number of volunteer leadership positions including Chair of the national Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee, Chair of the Essex Group (New Jersey), Vice-Chair of the New Jersey Chapter and as a member of the Wild Planet Strategy Team, New York City Group Executive Committee and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors. He is the recipient of Extraordinary Achievement and Outstanding Achievement awards from the Club's New Jersey Chapter.

Bart is also a Conservation Fellow with The Rewilding Institute, a think tank working to develop and promote strategies to advance continental scale conservation in North America.

In addition to his affiliations with Sierra Club and The Rewildling Institute Bart is also a founding member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and a life member of the International Hunter Education Association, as well as many other conservation and outdoor recreation organizations.

Bart graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1994 with a BA in Philosophy/Political Thought. While a student at Muhlenberg, Bart helped establish the school's Environmental Studies Program.

In recent years, Bart's love of hunting and fishing has taken him from his adopted state of Virginia to Alaska, Bermuda, California, Colorado, Montana and Washington State. He lives at the edge of a federal wildlife preserve that is home to bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, lesser scaup, and numerous other species.

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Paul Shively

Paul Shively has worked as Sierra Club's Regional Representative in Portland, Oregon since 2001. Paul grew up in Ennis, Montana where he shot his first deer at age 16. Paul also worked for a local outfitter as a fishing guide while going to graduate school. When not working with Sierra Club volunteers to protect the special places of the Northwest, Paul can be found on the rivers of Oregon and Montana, rafting and throwing a fly.

Frank Slider

Frank Slider is the Conservation Chair of Sierra Club's West Virginia Chapter. Frank has hunted and fished most of his life with some of his earliest memories being of times spent afield with his family. He has fed his family on venison and trout and his interest in the outdoors has never ceased to evolve.

Today Frank is exclusively a flyfisherman and is a strong advocate of the catch and release ethic. He has been fortunate enough to feed his passion for flyfishing around the country including trips to Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Georgia, North Carolina. South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Frank's most enjoyable trips however are those he takes into the backcountry of the Monongahela National Forest here in West Virginia in pursuit of the diminutive brook trout. Nothing pleases Frank more than to put on his backpack, string up his three weight, and hit the trail along some pristine headwater stream.

Does Frank look down on non-flyfishers? "Absolutely not," he says "they are me thirty years ago."

While Frank no longer is an active hunter he says "I haven't had a hunting license for fifteen years because my interests have changed. I feel hunting is a valuable outdoor pursuit that links us to nature in an primal way. Do I advocate hunting at all costs? Absolutely not. Here in WV there are so many deer that the unnatural size of the herd has actually deterred the regeneration of oaks and other hardwoods and now is endangering American Ginseng. The unsustainable deer herd is changing the composition of our forests. Here, hunting is the answer. I have always been very tolerant of other peoples' points of view. I feel I understand some folk's aversion to blood sports. However, I feel that it is very hypocritical for people who eat meat to vehemently oppose all hunting. As Sierra Club members we must remember that we are an inclusive organization. This is where our strength lies."

Mary Zeiss Stange

Mary Zeiss Stange is a member of the Sierra Club's Montana Chapter. Mary splits her time between homes in Montana and upstate New York where she is an Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Religion at Skidmore College. For eight years Mary served as the Director of Skidmore's Women's Studies Program and is the 2004-2005 Edwin R. Moseley Faculty Lecturer at Skidmore, an award which "acknowledges an exemplary level of scholarship and achievement that sets a standard for academic excellence at Skidmore. It is the highest honor that the Skidmore faculty can bestow on one of its own."

Mary is the author of Woman the Hunter (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997/1998), the first cultural history of the relationship of women and hunting, and has gained national recognition as the primary scholar working on the subject today. She has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and in widely syndicated Associated Press stories; has been interviewed by The New York Times, Outside Magazine and the BBC; and has done numerous interviews on National Public Radio, including "Talk of the Nation" and "To the Best of Our Knowledge." Mary and her work were the subject of "She Got Game," a lengthy feature interview by Barbara Ehrenreich, in the June/July 1999 issue of "Ms." Magazine.

Mary's second book was a collaboration with psychologist Carol K. Oyster. Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America (New York: New York University Press, 2000). It deals with women's various positive relationships with firearms (self-protection, hunting, recreational and competitive shooting, careers like law enforcement and the military). Her third book, Heart Shots: Women Write about Hunting, a critical anthology of historical and contemporary women's outdoor writing, was published in August 2003 by Stackpole Books. She is also general editor of the "Sisters of the Hunt" series of classic women's writing about hunting, which Stackpole began publishing in the fall of 2003. She is currently at work on Sister Predator, the sequel to her first book, and on a collection of essays tentatively titled Dust Devils: The Last Homesteaders, about high plains ranch life.

Mary also writes about women and guns, hunting and environmental issues, and various social issues for such national publications as Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Bugle, American Hunter, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Women's Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Times. Her essay, "Last Man Out of the Hunting Lodge, Please Turn Out the Lights," was awarded the Izaak Walton League's "Thinking Like a Mountain" prize for cutting-edge writing on environmental issues; it appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of Outdoor America.

When not teaching in New York Mary and her husband Doug operate the Crazy Woman Bison Ranch in Montana.

Warren Vander Hill

Warren Vander Hill is the Chairman of Sierra Club's Five Rivers Group in Indiana. In addition to his work with Sierra Club Warren is also a member of Trout Unlimited, the Federation of Fly Fishers, The Wilderness Society, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, the Society for Environmental History and is the Founding President of the Normal City (Muncie) Fly Fishing Club.

Warren is emeritus Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and university Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. During his 37 year career as a faculty member and administrator at Ball State University, he provided leadership and financial support for a number of campus-wide environmental programs. Now retired from Ball State, Warren spends his summers in the Bozeman, Montana area chasing trout and hiking while never forgetting the natural wonders of the Midwest's rivers and streams, his home waters for the rest of the year.

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the Chair of the West Virginia Chapter and a member of Sierra Club's national Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee. A Sierra Club member since 1987 he also served 6 years on the Club's Wild Planet Strategy Team.

Paul is a Wildlife Biologist by training and education, with degrees from Michigan State University (B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Management) and Iowa State University (M.S. in Animal Ecology). Over the past 10 years, Paul has received additional training in citizen participation, conflict mediation, and geographic information systems. He lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. To learn more about how the West Virginia Chapter works on wildlife projects and wildlife issues, please visit their website.

Paul has conducted field studies in Nepal, Chile, Canada and Iowa. In 1975 through 1977, Paul served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Department of His Majesty's Government of Nepal. Paul surveyed hunting reserves, conducted censuses of principle game species, and wrote management plans for the Nepalese Government's sport and trophy hunting programs.

In Chile, Paul conducted research for his Master's Degree on the behavioral ecology of guanacos and pumas in Torres del Paine National Park. In addition, Paul worked on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research projects on waterfowl nesting in western Canada and snow geese feeding ecology in western Iowa. From 1985 through 2003, Paul was the Project Manager of the Fish and Wildlife Reference Service, which was a 38-year-old Federal Aid Information Management Project of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In what little spare time Paul has, he enjoys fly fishing and backpacking and is an avid BMW motorcycle enthusiast.

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