Working to protect public lands and wildlife since 1967

Wyoming Outdoor Council Board of Directors

Janice Harris, Laramie


photo: Janice HarrisJanice Harris was introduced to Wyoming in the mid-1950's during a family vacation at the X Quarter Circle X Ranch in the Tetons. “Who would live in Los Angeles if they could live here,” she thought. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1965 and her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1973, she and her husband Duncan Harris moved to Wyoming to join the faculty of UW in the department of English. For Duncan, it was a homecoming, given his family’s history as ranchers up Owl Creek, outside of Thermopolis. For Janice it was a return to a place she had loved since that unforgettable family vacation. At UW, Janice was an award-winning professor, published widely in her field of modern fiction, held administrative positions within the College of Arts and Sciences, and served as chair of the English department and the Women’s Studies Program. She also chaired the Wyoming Council for the Humanities in 1982-83 and in 2004-05 spent a year in Japan as a visiting professor of literature. Retiring from the university in May 2008, she sought an opportunity to serve Wyoming as it faces the challenges of the 21st century. With its emphasis on balance and collaboration, the Wyoming Outdoor Council seemed an ideal focus. She joined the Council's board of directors in June 2009.

Rich Brame, Lander


photo: Rich BrameRich came to Lander in 1984 as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School after attending Montana State University in Bozeman. His ongoing career with NOLS includes seven years as the school's primary Leave No Trace program architect and driver---which has included curriculum creation, private and federal partnership development, and field education. Rich has taught and led courses in wilderness on five continents with students, land managers, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor industry representatives, focusing on leadership and conservation skills. He has also supervised the school's research and public policy departments and served on the Boy Scouts of America's National Conservation Committee. Rich headed up the National Outdoor Leadership School's field programs and business functions in Canada's Yukon Territory from 1999 to 2006. During that time, he and his home-schooled family split their year between Whitehorse and Lander—perhaps as the only known people to actually snowbird in Wyoming. Since the fall of 2006, Rich has led NOLS' alumni-relations efforts. His work includes developing and marketing benefits, services and networking for the school's nearly 200,000 global graduates as well as overseeing relevant print publications, electronic media, and personal contacts. Rich co-authored the revised fourth edition of NOLS' minimum impact textbook Soft Paths: How to Enjoy the Wilderness Without Harming It.

Harold Bergman, Laramie


photo: Harold BergmanHarold is a professor of zoology and physiology, the J.E. Warren Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment, and a former director of the Haub School and the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Bergman earned a Ph.D. in fisheries biology at Michigan State University in 1973 and has been on the UW faculty since 1975. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 research articles and edited four books on diverse topics related to his principal research interests in environmental toxicology, fish physiology, and environmental policy. He has received numerous research and teaching awards, and has served on a number of national and international advisory and review panels dealing with environmental and natural resource policy. In 2009, he was appointed to the National Research Council’s board of agriculture and natural resources. At the Ruckelshaus Institute and Haub School from 1998-2008, Bergman along with faculty and staff colleagues, focused on collaborative approaches to natural resource management and on assessment and valuation of benefits and costs of natural resource development. Harold also served on the Wyoming Environmental Quality Council for 3 terms from 1983-1995.

Tom Bell, Lander


photo: Tom BellTom was born in Wyoming, raised on a ranch near Lander, and attended one-room country schools in the area through the eighth grade. He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in 1941 as president of the student body. Tom is a decorated, disabled, retired officer who served in World War II in Europe. He attended the University of Wyoming, receiving a bachelor's degree in zoology in 1948 and was president of the UW Student Senate. In 1955, he received his master’s degree in zoology/ecology/botany. Tom worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for five years, and then taught grade school and junior high school science for 13 years. In 1967, he and several others founded the Wyoming Outdoor Council. He started High Country News in 1970. Tom has received a number of national awards, and was named one of 100 of Wyoming’s Distinguished Citizens of the Twentieth Century in 1999. He was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as Conservationist of the Year and awarded the Jay N. “Ding” Darling Award in 2002; he was chosen as one of six outstanding alumni of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Wyoming, in 2003; and he was inducted into the Wyoming Outdoor Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award from the Wilderness Society in 2006. Tom has always been interested in Wyoming and Fremont County history and in 1985 he founded the Wind River Mountaineer, a county history magazine. He also is involved in the nonprofit Museum of the American West and is helping develop the museum’s interpretive site in Lander. He has been active in his church for the past 30 years.

Andy Carson, Wilson

photo: Andy CarsonBorn in southern California, Andy Carson was introduced at a young age to the West's natural beauty through family trips to Parks and other public lands. He attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut but the draw of the mountains and the high country of the Rockies brought him to Wyoming in 1965. He was a student on the first course run by the Lander-based National Outdoor Leadership School, into the nearby Wind River Mountains. Andy met his wife Nancy on a later NOLS course, and they both instructed for the school during its formative years. They purchased a home in Wilson, Wyoming in the early '70's, raising two children. With an abiding passion for the alpine world, Andy pursued his interest in technical climbing and mountaineering. During those years he worked for NOLS, the Outward Bound programs in Colorado, and various other guiding concerns including the Exum Guides, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, High Country Guides, and others.

In 1984 he purchased Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and operated that business until 2000, when he sold his interest to friends who had guided for him or with whom he'd been associated through his continued relationship with NOLS. Andy was on the Board of the Access Fund for six years, starting in 2000. The Access Fund is a national nonprofit advocacy group working to maintain and protect climbing sites, and access to them, throughout the country. He has also pursued a variety of business interests centered on residential and commercial real estate in Teton and Sublette Counties, with which he is still actively involved. He continues to spend as much time as possible in Wyoming's splendid outdoors, climbing and hiking, skiing, hunting, fishing, and getting a chance to seek out more of the state's remarkable landscapes.

Dave Hohl, Pinedale

photo: Dave Hohl” width=Born in Seattle, raised on Whidby Island, and studying forestry at the University of Washington, Dave had a close attachment to the outdoors from early on. After college he served in the Peace Corps in Nepal working with villagers creating nurseries to reforest local areas. He served a short stint in the Army before embarking on a career with the U.S. Forest Service managing developed, dispersed, and wilderness resources in Washington, northern California, Montana, and Wyoming. He retired in 1994. Dave has served multiple terms on the Pinedale Town Council, first in the late 1980’s and early 1990's, and again currently. Since retirement he has been working on a cabin in the southern Wind River Range.

Terry Jones, Wheatland

photo: Terry JonesTerry was raised on a dairy farm in Henefer, Utah. He was drafted into the Army and served in the infantry in Vietnam. Terry worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator and then locomotive engineer in the southern corridor of Wyoming. There he came to appreciate the solitude and grandeur of the high desert ecosystem. He retired from Union Pacific in 2008. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and was chairman of the Wyoming State Legislative Board, which involved representing the membership on safety issues, regulations, and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels of government. In 1992 he bought an irrigated farm in Wheatland, which he still operates. He is also involved in the Equality State Policy Center. An avid sportsman, Terry loves to hunt, fish, and horsepack. He appreciates the mountains and prairies in every corner of Wyoming and his goal is to preserve wild country, keep water and air clean, and keep public lands accessible.

Scott Kane, Lander

photo: Scott KaneScott is the co-founder and co-owner of Creative Energies, a renewable energy system provider based in Lander. Scott has a bachelor's degree in geology from St. Lawrence University. He spent 10 years leading wilderness expeditions for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, Alaska, and Latin America. In 2000, Scott redirected his environmental commitment to the advancement of renewable energy in Wyoming. He and a partner founded Creative Energies to design and install solar and wind power systems for homes, ranches, and businesses throughout Wyoming. Creative Energies is the most active full-service renewable energy business in Wyoming. Scott lives in Lander with his wife and daughter, is an avid runner and skier and a beekeeper.

Beedee Ladd, Wilson

photo: Beedee LaddBeedee Ladd lives in Wilson, Wyoming and Dover, Massachusetts. She has previously served on several boards for nonprofit, nongovernmental conservation organizations, including the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. She is a Wellesley College graduate of too many years ago to contemplate, and in addition, she has a degree in social work. She currently serves on the Massachusetts Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Lands, the Charles River Watershed Association Advisory Board, the Board of Overseers of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Jackson Hole Land Trust Open Space Council, and the Board of the Murie Center in Moose, WY. Beedee and her husband, Ted, spend as much time as they can in Jackson Hole. Both of their children live and work there: Anne Ladd and Len Carlman live in Wilson with their two kids; and Ted and Laura live in Wilson as well. Beedee is involved in various community activities in Jackson, including the Music Festival Auxiliary and the Jackson Hole Council of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. She joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council board in 2011 with the desire to work with the Council's staff and volunteers, and help further the organization's mission.

Kathy Lichtendahl, Clark

photo: Kathy LichtendahlOriginally from Prince Edward Island, Canada, Kathy moved to the United States after receiving her master’s degree in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina in 1990. She worked as marketing director for several multi-national companies before leaving the corporate world in 1998. Although her education and employment history are in international marketing, Kathy has had a lifelong passion for fiber art and has had several works published as well as having her creations hang in numerous locations around the world, including the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea. Kathy and her husband Ken purchased land in Clark, Wyoming in 1994 and moved there full time soon after. They spend as much time as possible exploring the mountains of Wyoming; in the summer with their pack llamas and in the winter months on backcountry skis. Kathy and Ken have both been active members of Park County Search and Rescue since 2000.

John Parr, Cheyenne

photo: John ParrJohn was born in Cheyenne and he feels fortunate to have spent his entire life in the beautiful state of Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1975 after completing service in the U.S. Army and a tour in Vietnam. He taught school for a brief time in Cheyenne in 1977 before becoming a locomotive engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He chose his vocation so he could enjoy Wyoming’s outdoor recreation and beauty. He retired from the National Guard after doing a tour in Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He retired from the railroad in 2008. His 36-year marriage to Marietta, two grown children, Sara and Zack, and grandchildren make his life busy and happy. John is an avid fly fisherman and big-game and bird hunter. He enjoys drift-dory boating, shooting rifle and pistol, and archery. Horse pack trips and day hikes into the wilds of Wyoming have always been his greatest love. He trains Labrador retrievers as therapy animals and for hunting. He is a past board member of Hidden Pines Hunting Retriever Association and a current member of the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club. He has been a member of Ducks Unlimited, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, and Trout Unlimited. His ancestors have been in Wyoming for hundreds of years and he wants his children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy what he has enjoyed during his life in Wyoming.

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