Staff

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Erik Molvar ~  Western Watersheds Project’s Executive Director. Erik cut his teeth in conservation fighting oil and gas projects in Wyoming during the Bush administration, and his signature accomplishment is defeating the 1,240-well Seminoe Road Coalbed Methane Project during that time. He is a wildlife biologist with published research in the behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of Alaskan moose as well as large-scale conservation planning. more

 

GretaGreta Anderson ~Western Watersheds Project’s Deputy Director. Greta’s experiences ranged from working as a conservation advocate for environmental non-profit organizations, to serving as a field contract botanist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. She is an author of numerous reports and publications on the impact of livestock grazing, riparian restoration and rare plants in both the United States and Mexico….  more

 

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Melissa Cain ~ Western Watersheds Project’s Bighorn Habitat Protection Campaign Coordinator. Melissa hails from Iowa, but has been living, learning, working, and exploring throughout the Northwest for more than 10 years. She holds a degree in Earth Sciences from Oregon State University, where she focused on Land and Water Systems and GIS. She has experience surveying habitat quality and species occupancy of salmon in Oregon, sage grouse in Idaho, and wolverines, lynx, fisher, and  … more

 

Ken ColeKen Cole ~Western Watershed Project’s Idaho Director, is a 5th generation Idahoan who grew up accompanying his father, who worked for the Forest Service, on outings in central Idaho.  It was during this time that he developed an appreciation of and respect for the natural environment and gained firsthand knowledge of the destructive impact of livestock grazing on public lands. more

 

 

Jeremy GreenbergJeremy Greenberg ~Western Watersheds Project’s Operations Director.  An Idaho native, Jeremy grew up in the Wood River Valley and attended Montana State University in Bozeman.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Theater Arts with a Minor in Business Administration. more

 

 

Kevin Mueller ~ Western Watersheds Project’s California Director. With family roots in Northern California, Kevin comes to us from the Intermountain West with 20 years of leading National Forest advocacy under his belt. From 2013 to 2016 he was WildEarth Guardians’ Utah-Southern Rockies Conservation Manager where he curbed logging and oil and gas developments across many intermountain and southwest national forests, particularly in Colorado. more

 

josh-Head-ShotJosh Osher ~Western Watersheds Project’s public policy consultant  and Montana Coordinator travels to Washington, DC on a regular basis to meet with Congressional staffers and Administration officials to discuss the ills of the public lands grazing program and our common sense solutions. The road toward comprehensive change is long and hard, especially considering the current climate in DC, but we are making progress and the word is getting out. more

 

Jonathan-RatnerJonathan Ratner ~Western Watersheds Project’s Director for Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Jonathan joined WWP after a stint with the Forest Service in which he documented severe degradation caused by livestock grazing. When his reports were consigned to the ‘round file’ by the Forest Service, he sought out assistance from various area conservation organizations to deal with the problems, all of which declined to help. In his search for assistance farther afield he came across Western Watersheds Project and shortly thereafter started WWP’s Wyoming Office.

Kristin Ruether ~Western Watersheds Project’s Senior Staff Attorney received her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005. She has a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University. She previously spent 7 years with Advocates for the West, a public interest environmental law firm in Boise; and prior to that, 2 years as a staff attorney with the Oregon Natural Desert Association. She has spearheaded successful challenges to a Washington state effort to introduce livestock grazing onto state Wildlife Areas, grazing decisions in Wilderness Study Areas, and Endangered Species Act analyses allowing… more

Paul-RuprechtPaul Ruprecht ~Western Watersheds Project’s staff attorney for Oregon.  Paul grew up in southern Idaho. From a young age, he accompanied his parents and brothers on high desert adventures and outings with the local Audubon group. He developed a love of wild places and recognition of the importance of public lands. Paul spent six seasons working as a wildland firefighter for the BLM and Forest Service in Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. He has also previously volunteered with Western Watersheds Project. more

 

Laura-WelpLaura Welp ~Western Watersheds Project’s Ecosystems Specialist.  Laura  grew up in Alaska, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks.  After working as a seasonal biological technician conducting monitoring studies in numerous national parks and wildlife refuges in Alaska, California, and Utah, she went back to school for her Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. more

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