Art Talsma has a bachelor’s degree with honors in Biology from Lake Superior State University, and a master’s degree with honors in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2002 and has 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation and weed management in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington.
Prior to coming to the Conservancy, Art worked for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He also served as wildlife director with South Dakota's Department of Game, Fish and Parks, chief of surveillance with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and fishery researcher with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Art and his wife Diane have two sons, Troy and Brent. They also have four grandchildren, Ethan, Andrew, Neelah and Eli. In his free time Art likes to hunt, fish, hike, ski and play a mean game of racquetball.