Conservation Lands Foundation Announces Brian Sybert As Executive Director
DURANGO, Colo. (May 1, 2017) – The Conservation Lands Foundation announced today that it has selected Brian Sybert as its new executive director. Sybert will take the helm effective June 1.
Sybert brings a strong background in working with local advocates. He has been the executive director of the Montana Wilderness Association since 2010, and previously was the Wyoming Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
“We engaged in an exhaustive national search to find a leader of Brian Sybert’s caliber,” said Edward M. Norton, chairman of the CLF Board of Directors. “Brian is passionate about conservation and public lands, and he knows and values the grassroots. We look forward to his leadership as the Conservation Lands Foundation enters into the next chapter of our work to protect, expand and restore the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation.”
Sybert joins the Conservation Lands Foundation at a critical time, when these treasured landscapes—places that help tell the stories of all Americans, and drive an $887 billion outdoor recreation economy—are under unprecedented attack from a hostile Executive branch and some in Congress who are already attempting to undermine our national monuments and conservation lands, and gut the Antiquities Act, one of our nation’s bedrock conservation laws.
The Conservation Lands Foundation has become one of the nation’s most effective land conservation organizations, protecting millions of acres of lands and supporting a vibrant grassroots network of more than 60 place-based groups known as the Friends Grassroots Network.
A national non-profit organization headquartered in Durango, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, Joshua Tree, Las Vegas, Bozeman, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Washington, D.C., the Conservation Lands Foundation was established in 2007 to protect the premier lands and waters under the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) jurisdiction, specifically the 36 million acres of protected public lands, rivers and trails that make up America’s National Conservation Lands.
The Montana Wilderness Association also released the following statement:
“Montana Wilderness Association is the strongest it’s ever been in the organization’s nearly 60-year history, thanks largely to Brian’s dedication over the last six-and-a-half years,” said Mark Hanson, president of the Montana Wilderness Association. “We’re going to miss him dearly, but we take solace in the fact that he will remain a leader in the conservation world, and we will continue to partner with the Conservation Lands Foundation to defend our country’s public lands and wild places—including those here in Montana.”
The Conservation Lands Foundation is the only organization dedicated solely to protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands so they will endure from generation to generation. The National Conservation Lands are 36 million acres of protected public lands, rivers and trails managed by the Bureau of Land Management, that have joined the ranks of our national parks and wildlife refuges, guarding our nation’s natural, cultural and outdoor heritage, and driving its $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. www.ConservationLands.org