Jim Stratton is the Alaska Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, a position he has held since December 2002. Prior to joining NPCA, Jim spent 7.5 years as the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the State of Alaska and 11 years as the Program & Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. He also volunteers his time for a couple conservation related organizations: Training Resources for the Environmental Community – or TREC – and The Great Land Trust, Southcentral Alaska’s local land trust. When not working or volunteering for conservation efforts, he produces and hosts the Arctic Cactus Hour, a weekly public radio program (music, not talk) on Anchorage’s KNBA. He also likes to fly fish, is into birding, and traveling to wild and exotic places, especially those that provide a stamp for his National Park Passport. Jim holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.
Wade Willis is a former biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He is a lifelong hunter and fisherman and a 20 year Alaska resident. Wade has owned and operated a rafting, sea kayaking and hiking business for the last decade. He is currently developing a non-profit public education and public relations called the “Science Now Project!” Wade has a BS in zoology from Colorado State University.
Bob Bell is a former member of the Alaska Board of Game. Bob was originally appointed by Frank Murkowski in 2004 and reappointed by Sarah Palin in 2007. His 2nd term expired on March 10. He was replaced by Al Barrette who is awaiting confirmation by the legislature. Bob was elected to the Anchorage Assembly and served from 1993-1999. He is the principal of F. Robert Bell & Associates, one of the largest engineering firms in Alaska. Bob is a veteran and has lived in Alaska more than 40 years.
Dr. Vic Van Ballenberghe is a retired Alaska Department of Fish & Game wildlife biologist. Vic has researched and studied moose and wolves across Alaska. He served on the Alaska Board of Game under two governors. Vic is an author whose published works have been printed in National Geographic and include the book, “In the Company of Moose.” In 2006, Vic was awarded the Olaus Murie Award for Outstanding Professional Contributions to Alaska Conservation by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
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