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 Conservation Director. 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,… more

 

Laura Cunningham ~ Western Watershed’s California Director, Laura grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley where she studied zoology, paleontology, botany, and resource management. She traveled extensively around the Golden State on wildlife biology jobs working for California Department of Fish and Wildlife, US Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, and universities surveying for and studying such species as the Owens pupfish… more

 

Kelly Fuller ~ Western Watershed Project’s Energy and Mining Campaign Director. Prior to WWP, she worked on energy campaigns in in more than two dozen states. Most recently she was Executive Director of Gila Watershed Partnership of Arizona and The Protect Our Communities Foundation. She has also worked for American Bird Conservatory, Plains Justice, and Voyageurs National Park Association. 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

 

 

Scott Lake ~ Western Watersheds Project’s Idaho Director. Scott grew up in central Idaho and spend his childhood exploring Idaho public lands with his father, a career employee of the US Forest Service.  After graduating from high school, Scott earned a degree in English from the College of Idaho and spent his summers with the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter.  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 Director for Oregon and Nevada. Paul grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. From a young age, he accompanied his parents and brothers on high desert adventures in southern Idaho and northern Nevada. 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. 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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