GARY MACFARLANE, Idaho, President
Gary is Ecosystem Defense Director for Friends of the Clearwater, where he is responsible for tracking public land issues in the Clearwater Basin. His duties include analyzing public land agency proposals and policy, submitting public comments, filing appeals of federal agency decisions, and when necessary coordinating litigation. Gary has over 30 years of activist experience and is very familiar with Forest Service policy. He has been recognized as one of the most effective activists in the northern Rockies, and was a recipient of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies Conservation Award in 1997. Gary holds a B.S. degree from Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources.
FRANZ CAMENZIND, Wyoming, Vice-President
Dr. Franz Camenzind is a wildlife biologist turned filmmaker and environmental activist. In his career he conducted numerous wildlife assessments, often focusing on threatened and endangered species. Serendipitous opportunities lead him to a long career in the documentary film industry where he produced films on coyotes, wolves, grizzly bears, pronghorn antelope, giant pandas and black rhinos. Although now enjoying retirement in his Jackson, Wyoming home of 44 years, he is still very much involved in local, regional and national environmental issues. He spent his last 13 years as Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Prior to that he served on its board for 13 years and was one of the founding board members of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
JEROME WALKER, Montana, Secretary/Treasurer
Jerome Walker's introduction to Wilderness Watch and Wilderness began when his late wife, Melissa, author of Living on Wilderness Time, served 10 years on WW's board, including a term as vice president. A retired neurologist who specialized in groundbreaking headache research and treatment, Jerome has concentrated on wilderness photography for the last two decades. He has photographed wild country from Alaska to Florida, traveling on foot and by canoe. Jerome's images have been displayed in galleries and currently are in private and corporate collections throughout the country. They have been used in books, newsletters, and calendars. His time in Wilderness has led him to recognize its fragility and has motivated his work to protect it. He lives in Missoula, MT.
MARTY ALMQUIST, Montana
Marty retired from the Forest Service in 2014, with nearly 20 seasons as a wilderness ranger in the Selway-Bitterroot (Idaho/Montana), Anaconda-Pintler (Montana) and Frank Church–River of No Return Wildernesses (Idaho), and another 5 years administering outfitter special-use permits. She has been inspired by many strong wilderness advocates, including Bill Worf—first introduced while working together during the early 1990’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Limits of Acceptable Change planning process. Marty has seen first-hand and appreciates the critical role Wilderness Watch plays maintaining the core ideals that define these wild lands.
JANINE BLAELOCH, Washington
Janine Blaeloch is founder and director of the Seattle-based Western Lands Project, which monitors federal land exchanges, sales, giveaways, and any proposal that would privatize public lands. She has written three books on these issues, including “Carving Up the Commons: Congress and Our Public Lands.” Janine earned a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, with a self-designed program focusing on Public Lands Management and Policy. Before starting Western Lands, she worked as an environmental planner in both the private and public sectors. She has been an activist since 1985.
TALASI BROOKS, Idaho
A veteran of trail crews across the United States, Talasi joins the Board after earning a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Montana. Her wilderness ethic was shaped by the wilderness staff on the Sierra National Forest and by the staff at Wilderness Watch, who supervised her in two internships. After clerking for the Montana Supreme Court for a year, Talasi moved to Boise, Idaho, where she practices public land law and environmental law for a nonprofit law firm. She is a die-hard commuter biker, aspiring backcountry skier, weekend backpacker, intermittent rock climber, voracious reader and dog lover.
LOUISE LASLEY, New Mexico
Louise is a New Mexico native, who recently found her way back to the Land of Enchantment. She spent the previous 30 years living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her advocacy work includes eight years as lead staff person for public lands and wildlife issues for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, as well as work for the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, and Africa Rainforest and River Conservation. She also has consulted on wildlife biology issues and worked as a naturalist for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Louise has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience about the land and wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
CYNDI TUELL, Arizona
Cyndi has worked as an attorney, consultant, and activist since 2007, focusing on public lands management issues related to roads and motorized recreation in national forests in New Mexico and Arizona. Recently, she has focused her public lands work on protecting natural resources in the borderlands. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Cyndi is an avid hiker, backpacker, and defender of wild places. She received the Nancy Zierenberg Sky Island Alliance Advocate award in 2013 and was named the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter’s 2015 Conservationist of the Year.
RENE VOSS, California
René Voss is a solo attorney in San Anselmo, California where he works to protect our National Forests, wildlife, and wild lands from harmful development. He started his environmental career 25 years ago as Campaign Director for Georgia ForestWatch and helped protect the remaining roadless lands of the Chattahoochee National Forest and helped stop most new logging on that forest. He then moved to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress on behalf of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute to end commercial logging of our National Forest. He is a life member and long-time Sierra Club leader, and was elected to the Sierra Club Board of Directors in 1999. During his time in D.C., while continuing his work, he returned to school to study law and in 2008 passed the California Bar Exam. He then moved to California and has been practicing public interest natural resources law from his solo practice in San Anselmo. He helps many clients, but he is most passionate about defending the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument on behalf of Sequoia ForestKeeper. He is a member of the Town of San Anselmo’s Open Space Commission, whose goal is to acquire, protect, and restore undeveloped open space lands for the public.