During Pat’s tenure as State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona completed the largest campaign for conservation in the history of the state raising nearly $40 million, protected nearly 70,000 acres of lands and waters, and launched innovative and successful programs to restore Arizona’s forests, rivers and the Sonoran desert.
The Conservancy distinguishes itself by being solutions-oriented, by being science- based and in building collaborative agreements. The Conservancy seeks ways to balance the needs of people and nature to secure water for our future and to create livable communities and a healthy environment.
Pat leads the Conservancy’s seven-state Colorado River Basin Council. Pat served on a five-month fellowship in Africa during 2009, working in Namibia to help create one of the world’s largest conservation areas. He has served on numerous statewide and national boards and councils covering water policy, renewable energy, sustainable tourism, freshwater, wildlife conservation and management.
Prior to joining the Conservancy, Pat led one of the nation’s preeminent wildlife management departments as director of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Montana. During his career at MFWP he served as deputy director, Fisheries Division chief and numerous other positions. He served as president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2000.
Pat holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho in fish and wildlife management. He is an avid cyclist and fisherman.