Western Wildlife Conservancy grew out of an unincorporated organization called the Utah Cougar Coalition, formed in the fall of 1996 to protest a huge increase in the number of cougar hunting permits offered by the State of Utah. In 2000, the name was changed to Western Wildlife Conservancy, the mission was broadened to include all native wildlife, and the organization was registered with the IRS as a non-profit charitable organization (501c3).
KIRK ROBINSON, Ph.D.: Executive Director
Kirk is a native Utahn. He has spent a big part of his life exploring the deserts, plateaus, rivers and mountains of the West. Before founding Western Wildlife Conservancy, Kirk was a university professor of philosophy and taught at several colleges and universities in Montana and Utah. He enjoys backpacking, fine tequila, and learning to play the guitar.
Dan Miller: Board member
Dan Miller was a professional photographer who has worked for several of Utah’s major newspapers, including The Salt Lake Tribune and The Herald Journal. He currently designs books and sets type for University Press of Colorado.
For eleven years, Dan volunteered as the executive director for Bear River Watershed Council (BRWC). During his tenure, he helped develop their Motorized Use Data Project (or Project MUD) that collected data that was focused on illegal motorized use and non-authorized user created routes. BRWC also organized volunteer restoration projects to address the negative impacts they were discovering.
Bob Brister, M.S.W.: Organizer
WWC's organizer Bob Brister came on staff in 2016. Bob has organized on public land and endangered species conservation in the West for over 20 years from Texas to California. Since 2001, Bob has lived in Utah and previously organized for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Utah Environmental Congress, and WildEarth Guardians. You may see Bob at the Western Wildlife Conservancy table at farmers markets, festivals, and conferences. Remote, gnarly wilderness is Bob's favorite place to be. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Jones, M.S.: Board chair
Allison received her B.A in Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz under the guidance of her mentor and adviser, Michael Soule. She then completed her M.S. in Conservation Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1996. Her Masters study analyzed the effects of cattle grazing on small mammal communities in the Great Basin. She then worked as an ecological consultant in both Colorado and Utah as an endangered species specialist, where she performed habitat assessments and surveys for federally threatened birds, small mammals and plants.
As staff conservation biologist for The Wild Utah Project, Allison collected and assembled biological data to be used in reserve design for Utah. Allison also provides biological analyses for Utah conservation groups that do not typically have these services in-house.