GEORGE NICKAS, Executive Director
DANA JOHNSON, Staff Attorney
Dana 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
DAWN SERRA, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Photo credit: Daria Mochan
JEFF SMITH, Membership and Development Director
GEORGE WUERTHNER, Wilderness Advocate-Organizer
George 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.