Sarah Bates

Sarah Bates

Deputy Director
Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Center

Sarah joined the Missoula Office in May 2014, bringing diverse experience from university appointments, conservation advocacy leadership, and consulting work with nonprofits and tribal entities. She is passionate about building organizational capacity and working strategically to achieve lasting conservation goals, and is a 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 is the president of the governing board of the Clark Fork Coalition and provides patient and family support as a volunteer with Rocky Mountain Hospice. She enjoys working with colleagues throughout the West, serving as a member of the advisory board of the Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at Colorado Law 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.

When she isn't working or enjoying time with her two children, Sarah is likely climbing a mountain, exploring a river, or enjoying time with friends in the outdoors. She is also an avid gardener, and has nurtured an NWF-certified backyard habitat for nearly 20 years.

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