Gary Macfarlane, Ecosystem Defense Director
Gary is responsible for tracking public land issues in the Clearwater Basin. His duties include analyzing public land agency proposals and policy, submitting public comments, filing appeals of federal agency decisions, and when necessary coordinating litigation. 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.
Katie Bilodeau, Staff Attorney
Katie contributes to Friends of the Clearwater’s forest-watch program by analyzing and commenting on agencies’ environmental assessments and impact statements for timber sales, projects, or other management plans, advising on legal strategy, and conducting some of Friends of the Clearwater’s pre- or post-project monitoring. She also works toward government transparency by facilitating Friends of the Clearwater’s Freedom of Information Act requests and analyzing those responses. Katie is licensed to practice law in Idaho and earned her juris doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law with emphases in Native American law and natural resource and environmental law. Before attending law school, Katie received a Master of Science in Water Resources from the University of Idaho.
Jeff Juel, Montana Policy Director
Jeff has been making use of ecological sciences, law, and activism to refine his forest policy expertise since the early 1990s. He has worked with several conservation organizations in the Western U.S., advocating for the protection of biological diversity on public lands. He coordinates with our Staff Attorney and Ecosystem Defense Director to track threats to the public lands of the wild Clearwater country. He lives in Missoula, Montana, just over Lolo Pass from the upper Lochsa, where he also works to recruit Montana-based members and identify opportunities to raise awareness of Clearwater Basin issues.
Paul Busch, Membership and Development Director
Paul is a marketer and media creator specializing in fundraising for FOC. He focuses on connecting the story of the Clearwater to citizens and foundations throughout the northwest. Born and raised in the sagebrush steppe of southern Idaho, Paul came to north central Idaho in 2013 to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business-Marketing from the University of Idaho. He is an active backpacker and birder. If you would like to find out about volunteering for or contributing for Friends of the Clearwater, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our Board of Directors.