Tanya is an Idaho native. She fell in love with Idaho’s wild places over many years of getting lost in forests, falling in creeks, and eating too many wild strawberries. Activist, mother, artist, and entrepreneur, she hopes her small contributions can help turn the tide against mindless resource extraction and disastrous climate change.
Chris Norden has been a professor of English and Environmental Studies at Lewis-Clark State College since 1993, teaching Environmental Literature and Ethics, International Lit, Modernism, Shakespeare, and various other courses. BA in English, University of Virginia 1982; MA in English, University of Virginia 1986; PhD in English and African-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991. He has served as visiting professor in both China and Taiwan, and has helped organize and present LCSC’s Native American Awareness Week programming since the mid-1990s.
Travel in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, central Asia, and the far north, including two summers in the Arctic with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Water Research Center surveying tundra pond water quality near Prudhoe Bay and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Brett is a former Education & Outreach Director for FOC. Before that he interned and volunteered with the group, while completing his master’s degree in Natural Resources at the University of Idaho. Brett has spent alot of time in the roadless areas and backcountry of the Clearwater Basin, and has a deep passion for the place. He currently lives in Missoula, MT and works for Wilderness Watch.
Harry is a retired wildlife biologist who worked for the US Forest Service for over thirty years. He grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree in forest science from Penn State University. He served in the US Air Force in Anchorage, Alaska and lived there prior to moving to work for the Forest Service. Harry completed his master’s degree in wildlife management at the University of Idaho. Since retirement he has completed his PhD in wildlife resources, studying the influence of forest management on Northern Pygmy-owls. Married with three grown children, Harry is concerned over the legacy we are leaving for future generations and believes working with FOC is one of the best ways to protect our national heritage.
Beth started as an FOC volunteer in 2019 while working toward degrees in Ecology and Conservation Biology and Spanish language at the University of Idaho. She has served as the president of the Idaho chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, and is passionate about finding science-based solutions to protect threatened and endangered species. As she furthers her education in environmental sciences, she is looking forward to maintaining a connection with her PNW roots by supporting FOC’s mission of defending wildlife and wild spaces in Clearwater Country.
Julian lived on the Coeur d’ Alene Indian Reservation and the Nez Perce Reservation when younger with his Aunt. As an enrolled Nez Perce he has been actively involved in environmental issues for the last 20 years primarily in response to threats made on or near the Treaty of 1855 and usual and accustomed areas. These areas are guaranteed to the Nimiipuu with the signing of the 1855 Treaty and in many instances, the federal, state or local governments or private interests interpret these rights quite differently than do the Nez Perce people. Julian is committed to ensuring that the Treaty Rights to hunt, fish and gather are kept and protected for those who come after us as the Treaty of 1855 signers protected these rights for us to this day. His main goal is to ensure that Tribal youth and adults are educated and have good knowledge of issues affecting our people and also making sure that we (the Nimiipuu) take an active role in protecting our Treaty rights. He has completed a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Gonzaga University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Idaho. He also serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment, a tribal non-profit.
Founder of FOC, Steve is a fourth-generation Idahoan and a life-long subsistence farmer, hunter, and fisherman. He is a registered nurse, has served as a US Marine, and is a former smokejumper with the Forest Service. Steve initiated the Cove – Mallard Campaign, the Gray Wolf Committee, and the Clearwater Forest Watch, and has written several Endangered Species Act petitions, many timber sale appeals, and plenty of comments on public land management activities. He has also been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience while protesting on Forest Service land. In his free time, Steve sails his 28-foot Cape Dory sloop, presently berthed at Lago Isabel. He has sailed from Maine to Guatemala and from New York to Europe with his wife and friend Susan Nelson.
Lynne is a veterinarian and researcher at Washington State University. In addition to teaching veterinary students, her research has focused on hibernation adaptations in brown bears, and heart disease in Asiatic black bears in China and Vietnam. She has been a long time wildlife and wilderness advocate, involved regionally with Sierra Club and Friends of the Clearwater. She has been a previous board member and board president for FOC. The current times and environmental challenges have rekindled her desire to become more active with FOC. And as Al Espinosa recently said to: “Keep fighting. Fight hard!”
Friends of the Clearwater’s long-time Ecosystem Defense Director who retired in April 2022, Gary still has a beat on public land issues in the Clearwater Basin, but as a board member now. 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.
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