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Left to Right: Clare Bastable, Friend of WLT, Andy Wiessner, Andy Oliver, Aimee Rutledge, Jim Blomquist, Reid Haughey, Mark Trautwein, Lisa Janeway, Jacqueline Van Dine, Doug Scott, David Kirk, Karen Fisher

Board of Directors



Mark Trautwein, Chair


Mark served on the staff of the U.S. House Interior Committee from 1979 until 1995 under Chairmen Mo Udall and George Miller. He was responsible for the committee’s jurisdiction over parks, public lands and wilderness. During that time, the Committee led Congress to double the size of the National Parks System, triple the lands in the National Wilderness System and enact landmark conservation laws including the Alaska Lands Act. Previously, he was a staff writer for Congress’s Environmental Study Conference. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is now an independent consultant and editor at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. 


Andy Wiessner, Secretary
Since 1988, Andy has worked for Western Land Group, which specializes in public and nonprofit land transactions. His extensive experience in legislative affairs includes serving as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks, and the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining. Andy serves on the boards of the Wilderness Workshop and High Country News.


Jim Blomquist, Treasurer
Jim is a consultant to nonprofit groups in campaign strategy and lobbying. He worked for Sierra Club for 25 years as the regional representative in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, and as a representative in Washington, D.C. specializing in national forest and national park issues during the legislative fights over the endangered spotted owl. Jim also worked on the legislation establishing the Smith River National Recreation Area in California. He served on the board of the Smith River Alliance. He is an avid fisherman.


Liz Braund


Liz is 20-year veteran of the active apparel industry. She serves as the global director of outdoor apparel at The North Face creating business strategies and leading the collaboration between world-class athletes and the product creation team. Previously Liz worked at Nike building partnerships with such renowned sports figures as Lance Armstrong and Serena Williams. Liz is an active mentor and member of the Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition, teaching women to take charge of their careers, encouraging them to excel. She lives in Oakland and often runs the trails with her four-legged friend Remy.


Karen Fisher


Karen is a molecular biologist and project manager in the biotechnology industry.  She has spent over 30 years at Genentech, most recently preparing strategies and business cases for cancer drug development projects.  She has published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals and 2 US patents.  She led the whitewater kayak program for Outdoors Unlimited, a group dedicated to sharing their outdoor expertise with others.  She lives with her husband in Mammoth Lakes, CA exploring wild places on foot, in boats and through the viewfinder of her camera.


Jean Hocker

Jean is president of Conservation Service Co., LLC, a consulting firm in Alexandria. Drawing on more than 30 years experience, she advises organizations and agencies across the country on management and conservation issues. She was president and CEO of the national Land Trust Alliance from 1987 to 2002, during which time she helped it become a force for conservation, tripling the open space protected by its member land trusts. Before that, she was the founding executive director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust in Wyoming. She currently serves on the 15-member Land Trust Accreditation Commission and other conservation-related organizations.


Jon Mulford, Emeritus


Jon is an attorney and is founder and past president of The Wilderness Land Trust. He formerly practiced law in Denver and Aspen, specializing in federal public land law. He is a fellow of the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center.


Bill Pope

Bill is an attorney based in Seattle. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Earthjustice and is a longtime outdoorsman and wilderness advocate. Bill is the owner of the Mazama Country Inn, a rustic mountain lodge at the edge of the Pasayten Wilderness in Washington State. He formerly served as corporate counsel at Microsoft.


Doug Scott

Doug is the Policy & Research Manager for the Pew Environment Group's Campaign for America's Wilderness. He began his career in 1968 with The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. For 17 years, Doug served as conservation director and associate executive director of the Sierra Club. Doug was involved in the enactment of the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act (1975), the Endangered American Wilderness Act (1978), the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (1980), the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980) and the California Desert Protection Act (1994) among many other wilderness designation statutes.  He is the author of The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act (Fulcrum Publishing, 2004).


Denise Schlener

Washington, DC


Denise Schlener is Vice President of Strategic Advancement at Island Press, an environmental book publisher.  She leads the organization’s development efforts and program initiatives on conservation finance and urban sustainability. Over a three decade career in land conservation and environmental advocacy, Denise has served in a variety of roles ranging from co-founding the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and leading the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, to more recently serving as National Director of the Land Trust Alliance where she led programs to strengthen the nation’s 1600 land trusts.  She serves on the boards of the Tregaron Conservancy in Washington, DC and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences. 


Paul Torrence


Paul retired his professorship in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Arizona to become an organic farmer in southwestern Oregon. He is an avid conservationist and wilderness supporter, and serves on the boards of several conservation organizations. Like all good farmers, Paul is willing to get his hands dirty working on worthy campaigns and causes, such as the protection of Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks, sacred to 13 north American tribes, and the threat of inholdings to America’s wilderness areas.


Jacqueline Van Dine


Jacqueline is the co-founder and brand director for Ahnu Footwear. She was awarded Sporting Goods Business “Top 40 under 40” in recognition during Ahnu’s first year in business. She previously managed product design and developed trade and consumer marketing strategies for Birkenstock and Keen Footwear. Ahnu has donated more than $250,000 to like-minded nonprofit organizations since the brand’s inception in 2007.


Founding Board Members 

John Fielder

Lucy Hibberd

Thomas Hoots

Sydney Macy

Christine McRoy

Giles Toll

Eleanor Towns

Jay Watson



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Barrel Cactus, Tucson, Arizona





“Congratulations to the Wilderness Land Trust for its outstanding efforts to ensure that Wild America will not have to be remembered one day only as a “ghost.”


Eric Simonson


Professional mountain guide and climber