Mike Leahy

Mike Leahy

Senior Manager, Public Lands Conservation & Sportsmen's Policy
National Advocacy Center, Washington D.C.
Mike has most of his outdoor fun on public lands of one sort or another, big or small, federal or state, east or west. Depending on the time of year that includes a fair bit of hunting and some fishing, also birdwatching, hiking, camping, and herping. He’s been working on conservation for a range of wildlife and habitat focused groups for a couple decades now.

As senior manager for public lands and sporting issues at the National Wildlife Federation he works on protecting spectacular landscapes like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota; improving management of national forests for wildlife and fish; supporting the recovery of bighorns, bison, and wolves; responsible energy development on public lands. He also supports the conservation and recreation goals of the many hunters and anglers within NWF’s diverse membership.

Prior to NWF, Mike was Conservation Director for the Izaak Walton League of America, a historic colleague of NWF’s. He was also Rockies and Plains Director, and Natural Resources Counsel, for Defenders of Wildlife. And Forest Campaign Director for National Audubon Society. Mike got a law degree from Georgetown University and studied Natural Resources at Cornell University.

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