Rick Johnson is the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League, a membership-based organization working to preserve Idaho's clean water, wilderness, and quality of life through citizen action, public education, and professional advocacy.
In a decade as executive director, he has helped grow the size, impact, and credibility of the League. He is recognized as a regional leader in conservation strategy and organizational development, and he serves on the boards of the Campaign for America's Wilderness, the American Wilderness Coalition, Advocates for the West, and Conservation Geography.
Prior to taking on the leadership of the Idaho Conservation League, he worked for the Sierra Club in Seattle on the Northwest's spotted owl/ancient forest campaign, protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and several federal electoral campaigns. During the height of the ancient forest campaign, he spent approximately 100 days a year in Washington, D.C. as a "frequent-flyer lobbyist."
He speaks on the lessons learned from working to protect endangered species and wilderness ecosystems for more than 20 years.
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