The Wyoming Wildlife Federation works to conserve wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities.

 

Founded in 1937, the Federation is the oldest and largest sportsmen advocacy and conservation organization in the state.
WWF champions species conservation through important collaborations and government relations. We are a highly effective organization and leads efforts for the conservation community to join together to provide constructive solutions to resource management plans that impact wildlife.

WWF plays an important role in helping draft recommendations by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for managing Wyoming’s wildlife resources and engaging WWF members in the process. Just recently, the Federation was a leader in crafting definitions for big game migration corridors in Wyoming. These corridors put deer and elk at the right place for forage at the right time of year; these prime habitats are vital to healthy wildlife populations. Wintering grounds, calving areas, and other defining characteristics of migration habitats will now be universal for land use management decisions and when it comes such as impacts as oil and gas development and other activities.

Additionally, WWF serves as the voice for sportsmen and women by providing testimony to the Wyoming Legislature, with a full-time presence during the legislative session, advocating on behalf of Wyoming for the health and well being of our wild resources. 81 years since the organization’s founding, the primary focus of WWF remains: to conserve wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities.

Meet Our Staff

We have a dedicated full-time staff that works tirelessly on conservation issues all around the state.

Dwayne Meadows

Executive Director

Dwayne was born in Michigan and spent his formidable years in Saratoga, Wyoming. He passed the time, like most kids in the North Platte Valley; skiing and snowmobiling in winter, running whitewater in the spring, guiding fishermen in summers, and hunting through the fall. His Wyoming family spans from roughnecks, outfitters, carpenters, cowboys, brewers, ski patrollers, real estate agents, cops, veterinarians, and hotel owners. He has pride in the fact he has had the numbers 16, 6, 11, 3, 5, and 22 on the bumpers of his rigs.

Dwayne is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BA in English, followed by an MA in American Studies and Environmental & Natural Resources. His career has spanned from cook to fishing guide, to bicycle mechanic to commercial fishing to carpentry. Over the past 10 years Dwayne has been dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, with a focus on sportsmen resources. He has worked for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Wildlife Foundation, and Trout Unlimited. Dwayne is a member of numerous hunting and fishing organizations as well as the Alliance for Historic Wyoming and Wyoming Trails and Pathways. The Meadows’ family recently relocated from Eastern Oregon back to Wilson, Wyoming where they spend most of their free time exploring the mountains and rivers.

dmeadows@wyomingwildlife.org

(307) 760-6802

Joy Bannon

Field Director

Joy grew up in Iowa where she gained her appreciation for nature through the backwoods and farms of Sioux City. After studying agriculture at the University of Iowa, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming through an inter-disciplinary program in Environment and Natural Resources as well as Political Science. Joy is a policy advisor, analyst, and advocate for wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation throughout Wyoming. She has worked for Wyoming Wildlife Federation since 2007, and is dedicated to conserving landscapes and waterways for hunters and anglers. As a sportswoman and a mom, Joy enjoys sharing the great outdoors with her children through hunting, long hikes, camping, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, and relishing in nature’s diversity.

joybannon@wyomingwildlife.org

(307) 335-8633

Jessi Johnson

Public Lands Coordinator and NWF Sportswomen’s Coalition leader (Artemis)

Jessi is our coordinator for the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Alliance on the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative. She also works on behalf of NWF’s Sportswomen’s Coaltion, Artemis. Jessie grew up ranching in Montana, Northern California and Wyoming. She has a deep appreciation for wildlife and wild lands. Since moving back to Wyoming six years ago, and has spent most of her free time exploring our public lands. She is an avid archery hunter. Jessi has also worked with the Muley Fanatic Foundation as well as 10 Country Chapter to raise funds for the Wyoming Migration Initiative in the eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is also involved in the Wyoming Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

jessijohnson@wyomingwildlife.org

(307) 335-8633

Steve Kilpatrick

Steve Kilpatrick

Field Scientist

Steve lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he has resided and raised three children for the past 27 years. He grew up in Nebraska and earned a BS and MS in Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska. His passion for wildlife and the backcountry come from working as a habitat biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for the past 33 years in the Torrington and Jackson areas. Steve is a member of several conservation and professional organizations and has been frequently recognized for his collaborative team building efforts. He engages in the plethora of outdoor amenities offered in the Jackson area: horse packing, hunting, hiking, back country skiing, rafting, and camping. His personal goal is to sleep on the ground 5-6 weeks and cover several hundred miles on mule/horseback per year. His professional goals are to continue representing our silent constituents (wildlife), and conserve the future of our natural resources by advocating for habitat integrity and youth involvement.

stevekilpatrick@wyomingwildlife.org

(307) 413-7249

Staff - Andrea Barbknecht

Andrea Barbknecht

Administrator

Andrea has been the Federation's Administrator and jack-of-all-trades since 2017. Originally from Wisconsin, Andrea received her BS in Animal Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. From there, she moved to Iowa to get her MS in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University working on elk feedgrounds and calving site selection. She did her course work in Iowa, and her field work was in and around Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in Wyoming. It was a great place to get her feet wet in the field, and, as it happens, a great place to meet her husband. Life after graduation has included work in wildlife and fisheries biology, working with everything from prairie dogs to wolves to cutthroat trout. Outside of work, she enjoys a variety of outdoor pursuits including hiking, camping, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

abarbknecht@wyomingwildlife.org

Landon Blanchard

Outreach Coordinator

Landon was born and raised in Cody, where he grew up along the banks of the Shoshone river drainage, working as a guide and manager for his families whitewater rafting company. Big mountains, wild rivers, and the Wyoming prairies have all shaped who he is and have helped cultivate a deep love and passion for all things Wyoming. Taking full advantage of the states expanses of public lands, Landon spends his time outside enjoying the landscapes and natural ecologies of Wyoming where he hunts, fishes, runs rivers, hikes, and does just about anything he can to spend as much time as possible outside. As a graduate of Boise State University, Landon earned his degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis in Human Behavioral Ecology. He has now taken his acquired knowledge and skills and applied them as the Federation’s Outreach Coordinator, connecting our members with Wyoming’s unique natural resources and the work we do to protect and conserve them.

landonb@wyomingwildlife.org

Meet Our Board

Our board members help guide and support the organization. We couldn't do what we do without them!

Shane Cross

Board President

Shane Cross serves as Trout Unlimited’s Western Energy Counsel. He was raised on his family’s cattle ranch near the Laramie Mountains in Wyoming, received a BA in Sociology from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, Shane practiced as a litigation attorney at Holme, Roberts, and Owen LLP, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to law school, Shane managed a cow/calf operation in Southeastern Wyoming, worked in Nepal as a volunteer legal assistant advocating for human and environmental rights, and was a National Outdoor Leadership School instructor. Shane embraces opportunities to work closely with ranchers, land managers, sportsmen, and the energy industry to promote healthy and sustainable communities in the West.

garwhal@gmail.com

Michael Kusiek

Board Member

Michael has over twenty years’ experience working in health care and education. He has worked with hospitals, physicians, and health care professionals throughout South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, New York, and Colorado in the effort of performance improvement and finding joy in work. He currently works for as the Executive Director of Wyoming Physician Services based in Lander.
Michael has a B.A. in multi-cultural studies/history and a Master’s in Education focused on total quality management. Michael has also been a collegiate rugby coach with the University of Wyoming and several collegiate select-side teams. He has taken his collegiate side to the round of 16 national playoffs and won a national championship in 2006 with his West Collegiate U23 All-Star team. He is the head coach now of the Lander Speedgoats Rugby Team. Michael is also a spin instructor at Lander Bodyworks.
His love of the woods has been life-long. As a youngster free-range roaming the black hills after school almost every day it was a clear the outdoors is where we are best suited. Michael currently spends as many days as possible, mountain biking, fly-fishing, backcountry skiing and moto touring, camping and just sitting in the sun with a good book.
Michael is eager to serve on the WWF board, as his last life passion is and will remain, keeping open spaces open and public lands public.
Wyomging Wildlife Federation Board - Reg Rothwell

Reg Rothwell

Board Member

Reg Rothwell received his BS degree in Pre-Medicine from Westminster College and his MS degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming. He retired in 2010 after serving several positions in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department - Special Projects Biologist, Region Wildlife Biologist for SE Wyoming, Staff Biologist in Cheyenne, and Supervisor of Biological Services. He was involved in many aspects of wildlife management, including nongame, game birds, big and trophy game, and waterfowl. He chaired the All Wildlife Committee of the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Committee, the Wyoming Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Team, and the WY Landscape Conservation Initiative Science Committee. He is an avid hunter, hiker, canoeist, and skier. His WWF interests include growing its membership, strengthening the Federation’s relationship and collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the federal land management agencies, and providing better information to the public on conservation issues and WWF’s position on and involvement in those issues.

rrothw@hotmail.com

Rob Coe

Secretary

Rob has lived in Wyoming his entire life and was lucky enough to grow up near the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. He is a 2012 graduate from the University of Wyoming (BS in Business Administration), and has worked in the oil/gas industry for the last four years. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting elk, and as much skiing as possible. Rob is also a proud public lands advocate.

robcoe101@hotmail.com

Barbara Allen

Board Member

Richard Olbak

Rich has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the last 23 years. He recently retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of active duty service. Rich has two boys – Kevin, 20 and Brian, 17 along with a stepdaughter, MacKenzie, 8. Rich’s interest for the outdoors began with fishing trips with his father and grandfather on the banks of Lake Michigan in Illinois and has become an avid big game and waterfowl hunter since his arrival in Wyoming in 1986. He now enjoys trips to the field with his sons, stepdaughter, and wife, Betsy.

richardoblak@yahoo.com

Chris Simonds

Vice President and NWF Representative

Chris moved to Centennial, Wyo after years of enjoying Wyoming’s vast wide open spaces as a visitor. He earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Virginia leading to a career in marketing and financial services. Chris also formed and directed an industry-shaping fuel distribution business aimed at minimizing impact of diesel fuel delivery at environmentally sensitive construction sites. Chris comes from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts and raised three children with these values. His love of outdoor lifestyle began with fresh and salt water fishing adventures, and annual trips to Canada’s remote backcountry wilderness, public land which was later mismanaged by the provincial government and no longer provides the same recreation opportunities. Today, Chris divides his spare time exploring our state’s vast public spaces for fishing, skiing, hunting and camping adventures.

clsimonds56@gmail.com

David Willms

Policy Chair

Biography coming soon.

Mark Cole

Treasurer

Mark is the Chief Operating Officer for UK Elite Soccer, a company owned by Steel Sports. Prior to joining Steel Sports, Mark was the Executive Director of Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club for 15 years. The non-profit focused on developing “Great Athletes, Great Kids” including many Olympians, Paralympians and X-Games athletes. The club was the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s National Club of the Year in 2011 and twice during his tenure was recognized as the Aspen area Non-Profit of the Year.

Mark also spent 17 years with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), considered the gold standard in teaching wilderness skills and leadership. Over the years Mark taught backpacking, rock climbing, and winter courses. He oversaw the hiring and training of field staff and also served on the director team for 8 years, as Finance Director and Alumni & Development Director.

Mark holds a BS in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Washington.

Craig Benjamin

Director of Conservation Partnerships

Over a decade ago, Craig was living the Jackson Hole dream—skiing 120 days a year and working service-industry jobs to feed his addiction for deep powder. Then one day, tired of his complaining about the big challenges facing our future, his wife Stacy told him to step up and take action. So he did. To augment his B.A. in Public Policy from Washington and Lee University, Craig enrolled in the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington and secured a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on environmental policy.

Craig then spent seven years achieving policy change in Washington State. He led a multi-year coalition effort involving more than 60 diverse organizations and hundreds of volunteers to secure nearly $7 million in new annual revenue for bicycling and pedestrian improvements and street maintenance. He also developed and managed training programs to empower citizens with the skills they need to help create a better future. He directed communications on a legislative campaign that successfully reached an agreement to shutter one of the Pacific Northwest’s two remaining coal-fired power plants while investing $55 million in local economic development, coordinated a campaign that secured $20 million to make it easier for people to walk and bike to a light rail station, and much more.

Seeking a home with a sense of community, access to wild places, and abundant wildlife in which to raise their kids, Craig and his wife Stacy moved back to Jackson Hole in 2013. He began working at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as its Community Engagement Coordinator and launched the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute to empower and develop leaders with the skills necessary to help the Alliance achieve its mission of protecting the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole.

Craig was promoted to Executive Director of the Alliance in May, 2014 and during his three years leading the organization the Alliance successfully: secured funding for and advanced the development of a Teton County wildlife crossings master plan, reached a resolution with the Forest Service that reduces the community’s reliance on supplemental elk feeding, backed local resolutions recognizing the value of our public lands and opposing their transfer to state control, advocated for updates to Jackson’s downtown land use rules that prioritize housing the community’s middle class over more new corporate hotels, graduated 106 new conservation superheroes with the skills and knowledge to create a better future from the Conservation Leadership Institute, empowered hundreds of volunteers to engage thousands of their friends and neighbors to participate in the civic process, and much more.

Now, Craig works at a larger scale as a Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation helping state affiliate organizations in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming achieve national and regional conservation victories.

Craig lives in Jackson Hole with his wife Stacy, and their children Piper and Ryder. When Craig isn't working for the National Wildlife Federation you can find him camping with family and friends across the intermountain West, skiing in the backcountry, or trail running on our American public lands.

benjaminc@nwf.org

(206)-713-6204

Siva Sundaresan

NWF Affiliate Representative

Siva is a wildlife biologist with a passion for using good science to achieve effective wildlife conservation. He worked for several years on wildlife conservation and research projects in Asia and Africa. Siva moved to and settled in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife and two young sons because of everything that makes Wyoming special: open spaces, access to public lands, and abundant wildlife. He is excited to work with other board members and staff at WWF to best protect wildlife in Wyoming. Siva holds a PhD in Ecology from Princeton University and maintains an affiliate faculty position with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University.

nepsiva@gmail.com

We Work On Conservation Issues

Since 1937 Wyoming Wildlife Federation has been the champion of wildlife, conservation, and outdoor access issues in Wyoming.

Habitat and Water ResourcesIssues
May 4, 2018

Habitat & Water Resources

Our vision is a Wyoming with clean water and healthy habitat to help support the wildlife and fish species that depend on them.
Access and Outdoor OpportunitiesIssues
May 4, 2018

Access & Outdoor Opportunities

Wyoming holds some of the most pristine and intact ecosystems on the planet, with public lands comprising nearly half of the states total area. However, loss of access and increasing demands on our public lands are major threats to the future of conservation and our outdoor pursuits.
IssuesScience Based Management
May 3, 2018

Science Based Management Policies

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation makes decisions, creates campaigns, and forms initiatives based on the best available wildlife and habitat science.

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Affiliate Organizations

Over the years we've developed great relationships with other companies and organizations who are committed to helping us do our work.

Programs That Make A Difference

Wyoming faces complex conservation challenges and Wyoming Wildlife Federation has put together a diverse set of programs to address them.

Living Wyoming WildPrograms
May 4, 2018

Living Wyoming Wild

The goal of the Living Wyoming Wild initiative is to showcase the diversity and scope of those individuals, businesses, and organizations that know the value of Wyoming’s wild heritage.
Conservation StewardsPrograms
May 4, 2018

Conservation Advocacy

We aim to build and sustain a network of local conservation advocates and affiliated groups/clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects.
ProgramsSummit To Sage
May 4, 2018

Summit To Sage

We create programs to address issues surrounding wildlife, their habitat, and the human elements tied to them. From the summits to the sage, we work everyday to bring real conservation solutions to the table.

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