GEORGE NICKAS, Executive Director
George Nickas Wilderness Watch Missoula MontanaGeorge joined Wilderness Watch as our policy coordinator in 1996. Prior to Wilderness Watch, George served 11 years as a natural resource specialist and assistant coordinator for the Utah Wilderness Association. George is regularly invited to make presentations at national wilderness conferences, agency training sessions, and other gatherings where wilderness protection is discussed. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DANA JOHNSON, Staff Attorney
Dana Johnson, Wilderness Watch Staff AttorneyDana Johnson, a public interest attorney in Moscow, Idaho, is Wilderness Watch's first staff attorney. Dana has provided federal litigation and general legal services for non-profit environmental groups, including Wilderness Watch, and individual advocates throughout the Northern Rockies bioregion since 2010. Dana has been working with Wilderness Watch to prevent mechanized and aerial intrusion in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana and Idaho, and will continue this work in her new position. Dana will also be assisting Wilderness Watch with overall litigation strategy, representation in federal court, and coordination with other attorneys and legal interns working with Wilderness Watch.

KEVIN PROESCHOLDT, Conservation Director
Kevin Proescholdt Wilderness Watch Conservation DirectorKevin guided canoe trips in Minnesota's million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) for 10 years, and has visited designated and undesignated Wildernesses throughout the U.S. and Canada. He helped pass the 1978 BWCA Wilderness Act through Congress, directed the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness for 16 years, and co-authored the 1995 book, Troubled Waters: The Fight for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For the eight years prior to joining the Wilderness Watch staff, Kevin directed the national Izaak Walton League's Wilderness and Public Lands Program. Kevin has been active with Wilderness Watch since 1989, joined the board of directors in 2003, and served two years as president of the board. He has written extensively on the Boundary Waters, and wilderness policy and history. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DAWN SERRA, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Dawn Serra Wilderness Watch Communications and Outreach CoordinatorDawn joined Wilderness Watch at the beginning of 2009. Prior to Wilderness Watch, Dawn worked for the Highlands Coalition as Communications Coordinator, and contracted design work for non-profits such as Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Appalachian Mountain Club, Great Burn Study Group, Native Forest Network and the National Forest Protection Alliance. Dawn also served as Publicity Coordinator for the Sawtooths to Selkirks Hike, which promoted wildlife corridors in the northern Rockies. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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JEFF SMITH, Membership and Development Director
Jeff Smith Membership and Development DirectorJeff joined Wilderness Watch at the beginning of 2006 after directing the MontanaWorks program for the University of Montana. An experienced grant writer, he has worked with many nonprofits, including Families First, the International Wildlife Film Festival, homeWORD, the Missoula Boys and Girls Club, the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He is the author of many magazine articles and two books, The Montana Book of Days, a day-by-day guide to Montana history, and K. Ross Toole's Montana, a celebration of the life's work of a truly progressive Montana historian. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


GEORGE WUERTHNER, Wilderness Advocate-Organizer
George Wuerthner Wilderness OrganizerGeorge attended the U of Montana in Missoula where he studied wildlife biology.From his base in Missoula, he began his life-long exploration of wild places. He has spent time in 180 national park units and has visited every national forest in the West. He has also visited more than 400 Wilderness areas and many more roadless areas.
After graduation from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in science communication, George began his writing career, publishing 38 books. Many titles involved exploring and writing about wildlands, including California Wilderness Areas: Mountains and Coast, California Wilderness Areas: Desert, Oregon Wilderness Areas, Forever Wild: the Adirondacks, and titles like Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth and Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness as the Foundation for Conservation.
After studying geography at the U of Oregon, George subsequently worked for wildlands philanthropist Doug Tompkins at the Foundation for Deep Ecology, and published Welfare Ranching: The subsidized destruction of the Arid West, Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation, Plundering Appalachia, Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy, and Energy: The Delusion of Endless Growth.
With his ecological training and experience in wildlands throughout the country, George brings passion, knowledge, and ecological humility to wilderness advocacy.

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