Public lands advocate, manager takes helm of NWF’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center

Ann Morgan named new regional executive director in Colorado-based office

02-13-2012 // Judith Kohler

Ann Morgan, who has extensive experience in public lands policy and management in government and nonprofits, is the new executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center in Boulder.

Morgan started Monday in her position, which will include overseeing NWF’s efforts to conserve the public lands and wildlife that are integral to the great Western landscapes. She joins NWF after six years as vice president of the public lands department at The Wilderness Society. Before that, Morgan served as state director of the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado (1997-2002) and Nevada (1994-1997) and was an adjunct professor and research fellow at the University of Colorado’s Natural Resources Law Center.

In addition, Morgan was manager of the Division of Aquatic Lands in the Washington State Department of Natural Resources from 1989 to 1994.

"I am excited to add Ann to our leadership team. She is a well respected public lands advocate who cares deeply about the future of wildlife in the West and the lands so crucial to hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and Americans’ connection to nature," said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

As the regional executive director, Morgan will lead work in several programs and campaigns, including efforts to ensure responsible energy development on public lands, partnering with tribal governments on conservation projects, helping develop environmental education programs in the schools and working with parents and children to get more people outdoors and reconnected with nature.

"I am excited to work with an organization of such high caliber, with such an important mission, and in a region with such outstanding wildlife and public lands resources," Morgan said.

The Rocky Mountain Regional Center works with affiliates and other groups in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Nebraska.

Morgan succeeds Steve Torbit, who left in August after 19 years with NWF to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Lakewood, Colo., as assistant regional director for science applications.

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