Communications Manager, Public Lands
Rocky Mountain Regional Center
A Westerner by birth and attitude, Judith Kohler has written about environmental, energy, wildlife, public lands and political issues in the Rocky Mountain region for nearly 30 years. For about 21 years, she worked for The Associated Press in Wyoming and Colorado and, before that, on newspapers as a reporter and editor in Nebraska and Colorado. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The job as public lands communications manager for the Rocky Mountain regional office of the National Wildlife Federation allows her to combine the love of writing, talking to people, learning new things and educating the public with her love of the West’s open, lonesome places, rolling prairies, rugged mountains and the wildlife that makes the region unlike anywhere else. She works with the media, other conservation groups and affiliates to advocate for maintaining healthy, viable public lands to support fish and wildlife and for keeping public lands accessible to the public – including hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers. Judith also works with Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development, a coalition led by the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
A native of Deadwood, S.D., she learned at an early age how passionate anglers are. Led by her great-grandfather, family fishing trips to Orman Dam, Deerfield or Iron Creek Lake usually started way before sun-up. The goal is to ensure that people from all backgrounds can long continue to enjoy family fishing trips, hikes and all kinds of wildlife-based recreation in the West.