According to Bob Moseley, the need to balance Illinois' growing human demand for natural resources with a healthy environment and economy is one of the state's most significant conservation issues. After working over the past 25 years across diverse terrain in the United States and China, he is now focused on protecting and restoring the densely populated state of Illinois. Threats such as climate change and pollution add to the complexity of the solutions; however, Bob notes that solutions do exist.
He served as the lead author of the recently released Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Plan for Nature [1.27MB PDF], a document laying the groundwork for the preservation of the region’s natural areas. In May 2010, Bob was an invited participant in the National Climate Adaptation Summit in Washington D.C. where he provided insight into what is needed for effective adaptation to climate change.
Awarded a Kinship Conservation Fellowship in 2008, he is working to develop market-based approaches to Mississippi River floodplain conservation — such as biomass production, nutrient and carbon sequestration, and wetland mitigation banking. He is enthusiastic about continuing the Conservancy's legacy of conservation in Illinois, which to date is estimated to have prevented the release of 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
An alpine ecologist by training, Bob's devotion to the environment was born in the mountains of Idaho where he spent most of his life and began his career with the U.S. Forest Service. During his work there as a field biologist, Bob worked with The Nature Conservancy and directed the Idaho Conservation Data Center where he was involved in several large efforts in the Pacific Northwest assessing and analyzing broad scale patterns of biodiversity and threats in addition to management and conservation implications. His hobby of mountain climbing took him across the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. and Canada, as well as throughout the Andes.
In 2000, Bob was named the Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy's new China Country program where he led the effort to launch an in-country science program that continues to grow. During his nearly six years in the country, he worked extensively with local communities and scientists in northwestern Yunnan to design conservation strategies that abate the most critical threats to the environment. He also found time to author a rock climbing guide for the Yunnan Province.
Bob leads a team of conservation staff members in Illinois who are working with private and public partners to foster a sustainable existence.