Sarah Bates, NWF

Sarah Bates

Deputy Director
Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Center

Sarah joined NWF in 2014, bringing diverse experience from university appointments, conservation advocacy leadership, and consulting work with nonprofits and tribal entities. She is frequent writer and speaker on western water and public resource law and policy.  Sarah earned her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Political Science at Colorado State University, and her J.D. from Colorado Law, in Boulder, CO. She has lived in Missoula since 1996.

Sarah enjoys working with colleagues throughout the West, serving as the president of the governing board of the Clark Fork Coalition and as a member of the planning team of the Carpe Diem West network on climate change and water policy. From 2001-09 she was a member of the advisory board of the Ruckelshaus Institute on Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and she has been affiliated with the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment (formerly the Natural Resources Law Center) at the University of Colorado Law School in several roles for more than 25 years.

When she isn't working or spending time with her two kids, Sarah is likely climbing a mountain, exploring a river, enjoying time with friends in the outdoors, or tending to her NWF-certified wildlife habitat garden.

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