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Wyoming Wildlife Federation aims to build and sustain a network of local Conservation Ambassadors and affiliated groups and clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects. By educating and empowering a base of advocates on conservation policy, we strive to convene diverse groups in constructive dialog over policy and science. Our work will engage Wyoming communities by offering them opportunities to connect in the outdoors and have an understanding of wildlife and conservation, fostering a culture of sportsmen conservationist in Wyoming.

Who are they?

These ambassadors are local Wyoming people willing to go the extra mile for conservation by advocating on causes they care about. They are moms and dads, electricians and real estate agents, Wyoming natives and recent locals who all love Wyoming’s wildlife and wild places and want to advocate on their behalf.

What do they do?

Annually, WWF brings these folks together at Conservation Ambassador gatherings where we discuss how we can help each other. The Ambassadors share major ideas for how best to increase hunting and angling opportunities, host local events, and pass good wildlife policy.

Each year, WWF also hosts an advocacy training and lobbying day with our Ambassadors called Camo at the Capitol.  Sportsmen and sportswomen come for a half-day training and legislative update followed by a trip to the capitol to lobby on actual bills. The pinnacle of the Camo at the Capitol event is the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Legislative Reception that evening.  Last year over 150 people attended the reception including Governor Gordon and the President of the Senate.

These Ambassadors are empowered hunters and anglers with incredible skills, networks, and an opportunity to effectively make their voices heard. These volunteers are increasing the influence of hunters and anglers on conservation policy and resulting in positive policy change for wildlife and habitat.

Conservation Ambassadors

Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Ambassador program empowers hunters and anglers across the state to influence wildlife and conservation policy.

Christian Baumeister

Christian is an avid outdoorsman and adventurist. Born and raised in the prairie lands of Western South Dakota, he spent many a summer out on his family’s ranch hunting, hiking, and exploring the lands surrounding the Black Hills. Christian now lives in Cody, Wyoming, where he manages an outdoor retail shop. He has a passion for community involvement and helping people get outdoors to enjoy public lands. He graduated from Northwest College with a degree in business administration and outdoor education and has extensive experience in the outdoor retail industry.
When he’s not in the shop, Christian is typically spending time in the great outdoors with his wife, Megan, and dog, Kaia. They love to hike, climb, backpack, run, ski, hunt, etc. while photographing their adventures –– and as long as the weather in Wyoming holds up, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re outside exploring.

Contact Christain
christianjbaumeister@gmail.com

Stina Richvoldsen

Stina is a Norwegian transplant, who’s been in Wyoming for a couple of decades. Although the plan was to only stay for a few months, it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the state and decide to make it her home.
She spent a few years skiing and snowboarding in the winter and climbing and riding bikes in the summer, all over the state and the west. All the while, she kept feeling like something was … missing. Then she started tagging along when her husband went fishing and hunting. Shortly after, she stole one of his fishing rods and then forced him to let her field dress most of his elk that fall. That’s when Stina realized that this was the connection she had been missing. Suddenly, she was not just in nature, she was a part of my environment. No longer just a spectator, but a participant.
Now, she has a couple fishing rods of her own, a hunting rifle and a compound bow, and she spends large portions of the year with one in hand. Hunting season is her favorite part of the year. She cherishes those moments of sitting perfectly still up on a mountain at first light, hearing, seeing, and feeling the transition from night to day. Eventually an elk will bugle and it’s game on.
Hunting is what solidified for her the importance of public lands and conservation. As she says, “It’s no longer just about maintaining the relatively small areas we use for recreation; hunters need to consider entire habitats that sometimes stretch across states to support their quarry.” It’s a complicated topic with a lot of interest groups, and she is prepared to work hard to make the voices of sportswomen heard in the debate.

Contact Stina
superrunt@gmail.com | 307-690-4966

Cody McFarland

Cody grew up on the family ranch in NW South Dakota, hunting and fishing private land, not fully understanding public lands until his family ranch sold and hunting leases started grabbing hold on the neighboring ranches. 2003 was his rookie season fighting wildland fires for the US Forest Service, which eventually lead him to California for 3 years, until moving to SW Wyoming in 2008. Where he is currently the engine captain for the US forest service. All of a sudden, Cody had access to hunt, fish and explore millions of acres of public lands, lands he had little understanding of in regards to their management or on the ground conservation efforts. Some of the first people he met in Wyoming introduced him to the ideas of public lands, conservation, and wildlife advocacy – things that would later become passions. He attributes much to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation as the organization has allowed him to enter a new world of conservation advocacy, ultimately looking to help others do the same. Some of his interests include being outdoors with his wife, his two beautiful daughters, and his two pups – chasing elk and mule deer, recruiting and educating new hunters and cooking the wild game he has harvested.

Contact Cody
opyff@hotmail.com | 605-490-9011

Christopher Peterson

Chris is a husband, a father, and an outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, running, snowshoeing, etc., he loves getting out of doors with his family to connect with the natural world. Prior to moving to Casper, Wyoming, Chris grew up in the tiny Oregon Trail town of Guernsey, Wyoming. Living, at the edge of town – on the banks of the North Platte River – afforded him the unique opportunity of utilizing the river’s resources at a moments notice. In the summer, much of his time was spent floating, fishing, catching crawdads, or just swimming in the cold, swift currents. In the fall when the river was low, Chris would step across the river where he would enjoy building forts, miles of hiking, rabbit and squirrel hunting and anything else a young kid could dream of. In the years since Chris has spent time in the elk and grizzly inhabited Absarokas, called to migrating waterfowl in the Bighorn Basin, and flushed pheasants in the southeastern farmlands along the Platte. He enjoys glassing gray mule deer in the rolling sage of the Wyoming center and rutting white-tailed deer of the northeastern Black Hills. As he states, “Wyoming has so much to be passionate about. I believe a privileged life spent outside has given me an appreciation for the natural world and an obligation to advocate for its existence for my family and generations to come.”

Contact Chris
cpetersonwyo@gmail.com | 307-574-1433

Chris Sheets

Chris was born and raised in northwestern Wyoming, where he was fortunate enough to spend his childhood in the deep wilderness surrounding the greater Yellowstone area. The environment in which he was raised afforded him many intimate encounters with wildlife and the spaces they inhabit. This upbringing solidified his passion to continue to understand the natural world and the threats to these systems. In 2007 he completed his degree in Wildlife Biology and has since worked as a backcountry hunting guide, wilderness horse packer, and professional wildlife biologist. His newest venture is co-hosting a podcast with a great group of guys that are passionate about conservation and science-based discussion. The WWF is a perfect fit for Christopher as he is a fifth-generation Wyomingite and he wants to guarantee that future generations are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience truly wild and healthy landscapes like those that came before him.

Contact Chris
nurpuwy@gmail.com | 307-272-1718

Kayla Graves

Kayla was born and raised in the farmlands of western Oklahoma. Free time was often spent digging up salt crystals or spotting wood ducks at the local wildlife refuge. As she got older, her father taught her how to hunt and fish while her mother taught her how to grow a garden and preserve their harvest. This built the base for her goal to self-sustain. Now she makes her home under the Big Horn Mountains where thousands of public acres give her access to wild game and foraging for berries or mushrooms. A beautiful and rich land that gives her the ability to raise and teach her daughter the same lessons once taught by her parents.
12 years have flown by since her initial decision to move to Wyoming. This was mainly influenced by her daughter and the desire to provide a healthy environment that would allow them to be outside as much as possible. They spend as many evenings and weekends out hiking trails, identifying local vegetation, and learning to improve Kayla hunting/fishing skills. While her daughter already fly fishes, this will be her first year to harvest a hunt and put her skeet skills to use, passing down a family tradition.
What really captivated Kayla to remain in Wyoming was the care residents put into their land and communities. That was something she wanted to be a part of and eventually help improve. Now she sees the need to speak up and teach others the importance of being a hunter who pushes for conservation and sustainability. To pick up the trash along a hike or hunt and fight for public access. To educate children on the importance of respecting and taking care of the land as well as helping others learn how to be self-sustaining.

Contact Kayla
kaygraves@live.com | 918-771-8059

Codee Augustin

Codee lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming but is native to the city of Rock Springs. Codee loves the outdoors and when she has free time from real estate, you can find her hunting, mentoring others interested in hunting or dedicating her efforts toward conservation of our public lands and wildlife. Codee’s father, Harvey Dalton, is her biggest hero and the reason why she fell in love with the outdoors at a young age. Her most memorable hunt was at fourteen years old, with her dad in the Green River Lakes, where she shot her first cow elk. This memory is what inspires Codee to do what she does. She believes the experience and knowledge of the outdoors changes a person’s soul and their perspective of the land, water and animals. “The more people appreciate these things, the longer we all get to enjoy it!” Codee proudly serves the committee for The Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt/Sister of the Sage and is an active member and volunteer for the Bowhunters of Wyoming.

Contact Codee
codeewyo@gmail.com | 307-871-8098

Sam Stein

Sam was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. Growing up on and around lake Michigan he grew up Salmon fishing with his brothers and father. His love of fishing carried through his formative years on the SIU Bass Team. Sam transitioned to paramedic school at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, at the same time he transitioned to self-taught bow hunting whitetail.

It was after his maiden pheasant hunt with a close friend and mentor that Sam discovered his passion for bird hunting and gun dogs. Modeling this experience Sam adopted a Weimaraner shortly thereafter and set about training Bandit primarily utilizing his library card and a few online videos.
In May of 2017, Sam packed up his career, guns and dog and moved to central Wyoming to follow his love of hunting and his pursuit of open, public lands. Wyoming quickly became his home as he spent the summer hiking and fishing along the Winds, taking in the beauty of the west. His passion for hunting and conservation comes as a result of growing up without these spaces. As a result, he is always sharing his pursuit of wing shooting and the importance of conservation with new hunters. Sam’s love for cooking of wild game keeps his boots laced and on the ground, with a scattergun in his hands. Whether it’s the high plains sage brush or the rocky hills outside of Jackson, Sam can be found chasing birds with his favorite hunting partner, Bandit.

Contact Sam
sstein4312@gmail.com | 224-723-9407

Levi Jensen

Levi was born and raised on a family cattle ranch in south central Montana where clean water, bountiful fish and wildlife, and fresh air were part of his everyday life. He was exposed to fishing, hunting, and the wilderness at a very young age, cultivating a desire to continue gathering those experiences and sharing with others the divine beauty of the outdoors. Levi moved away from the ranch to get an Environmental Engineering degree from Montana Tech in 2005. It was there that he started to appreciate and understand the impact and interaction of the human environment with natural.

Levi has been in Gillette since graduating college, working for several years for an environmental consulting firm, and for the last ten years for the City of Gillette. Even though he and his family live a life in the city, his mind and his passions are on the adventures of the outdoors: hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and gardening. Levi has gained an understanding that those things of his childhood that seemed to be just part of life aren't just there; they need people that care to learn about them, to advocate for them, and to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty caring for them.

Contact Levi
ljjensen@gmail.com | 406-860-5042

Craig Okraska

Craig hails from the hills of Georgia, but made his way to Wyoming in 2010 following a career as a wildlife biologist. His experience growing up in the rural south instilled a deep appreciation for wild spaces and the wildlife that he encountered while hunting and exploring with his father. Together with his appreciation for wildlife and an intense creative itch, he was ultimately able to merge his creative pursuits with hunting, wildlife biology, and the outdoor industry. As the Director of Creative Content and Photographer/Filmmaker for Maven, he spends a lot of time thinking about how he can use his background and camera to shine a positive light on hunting and conservation.

Craig lives in Lander, WY with his wife Anika and pup Juno.

Contact Craig
craig@mavenbuilt.com | 770-833-9163

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Griffin Post

Whether it was skiing, hiking, or mountain biking. Griffin Post grew up spending as much time outdoors as possible in Central Idaho. For the past decade, Griff has lived in Wilson, Wyoming where he is an accomplished professional skier. He didn’t grow up hunting – he took his hunter’s safety course in his early twenties and started pursuing game shortly thereafter, but when he reflects on his outdoor pursuits, he finds many similarities between a successful ski and a successful hunt.

As a professional skier for the past decade, Griffin has been the beneficiary of public lands his entire career. Furthermore, he’s spent the majority of his time with stakeholders that are sometimes viewed as at odds—philosophically or politically—with hunters and anglers. Now equally comfortable talking bullet weight as crampon weight, Griffin can whole heartedly say that perceived division is an illusion. Our communities are largely all after the same thing: protecting public lands and ensuring access for future generations.

Griff acknowledges that each user-group sometime sees the other as a threat rather than an ally. He would venture to guess, however, if one takes the time to understand the other, to talk to them, these concerns would evaporate. Griffin joins the WWF Conservation Ambassadors to aide in that conversation and, hopefully, be a catalyst for better understanding, communication and action for the betterment of public lands, recreation, and wildlife.

Catch up with Griffin on Instagram @griffpost |

Tales From Summit To Sage

Stories of outdoor adventures in Wyoming from our Conservation Ambassadors, members, and friends of Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

Read more about our Summit To Sage Program.

The Issues Addressed

Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.

IssuesSustainable Wildlife Management
May 4, 2018

Sustainable Wildlife Management

Through our work in policy, advocacy, and public initiatives, we strive for management protocols that are sustainable for the wildlife, ecosystems, and the human economies that they effect.
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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