12.11.18 NEW MEXICO & Jeff Steinborn

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Jeff Steinborn is the Southern New Mexico Director of New Mexico Wild. As the Southern New Mexico Director for New Mexico Wild, Jeff helped establish the successful campaign to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After serving for eight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives Jeff was elected to the New Mexico Senate in 2016. He is also a primary organizer of the Outdoor Economics Conference, and a leading advocate for an office of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico.

Links discussed in this podcast:

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LINK: Theme music for Outdoor States by Chicky Stoltz

12.06.18 DULUTH & Hansi Johnson

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Hansi Johnson’s current position with the Minnesota Land Trust is focused on helping the City of Duluth re-envision how it uses more than 11,000 acres of open space in the City limits. The work centers on the idea of using destination class outdoor recreation to turn these un-used spaces into life changing recreational experiences for the people who live and also visit Duluth. The core idea being creating a better quality of life for those who live here and for those who may want to live here in the future.  It also comes with a recent commitment of $20 million … and the support of numerous activity based organizations (ski, bike, hike, climb and paddle) which honed in on working to make Duluth an even better place to live, through celebrating its open space versus apologize for it. 

A couple links from the interview:

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LINK: Theme music for Outdoor States by Chicky Stoltz

11.29.18 MICHIGAN & Marc Miller

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Marc Miller is the Outdoor Recreation Industry and Regional Initiatives Deputy at Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A natural resources professional and conservationist, Marc’s role is focused on working to improve public engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, including the outdoor recreation industry and local officials and communities. Marc previously served as the Director of the Illinois DNR for six years, bringing a strong conservation ethic, inclusiveness, professionalism, and science-based decision making to the agency.

LINK: Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry

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LINK: Theme music for Outdoor States by Chicky Stoltz

11.15.18 OREGON & Cailin O'Brien-Feeney

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Cailin O’Brien-Feeney is Oregon’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation director. Previously, he was an active force in the outdoor recreation movement nationwide, working as the State and Local Policy Manager for Outdoor Industry Association. At the OIA, Cailin worked with governors, legislators, and agencies across the country to improve access to outdoor recreation opportunities, increase economic benefits, and promote establishment of Offices of Outdoor Recreation in other states.

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LINK: Theme music for Outdoor States by Chicky Stoltz

11.12.28 / WYOMING & Domenic Bravo

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Directly responsible for management and leadership of Wyoming Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Division of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, DOMENIC BRAVO oversees 40 state park/historic units, many federal recreational grants and the snowmobile/ORV program. In this position, Bravo provides policy direction and prioritizes the $28 million budget for the agency, including the field staff, presents items to the Commission for their consideration and develops and presents legislative initiatives through the Governor’s office to the legislature. Bravo also serves as state liaison for state’s land and water conservation program and maintains working relationships with a variety of partners and interest groups, including the tourism industry.

LINK: Wyoming Outdoor

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LINK: Theme music for Outdoor States by Chicky Stoltz