We are excited to welcome a new State Director to the Montana Chapter Team. Richard Jeo will be taking the helm this July, bringing his considerable expertise and experience to the task. Barely two years after completing a PhD in neurobiology, Jeo was off to teach conservation biology in Namibia and British Columbia. He joined the Conservancy in 2003 as part of the team producing the Greater Caribbean Basin Ecoregional Assessment. In 2005, he headed to chillier climes, beginning as Senior Scientist for Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest project, then heading the Coastal Forest Programs, before becoming Director of the entire Canada Program. The Montana staff worked very closely with Jeo on our recent success conserving the North Fork of the Flathead The change in his professional direction had a very personal motivation.
“It filled a personal void. I could put my talents into saving places I can show my daughter.”
Jeo brings considerable and varied talents to the chapter. Each of the projects on which he teamed demanded the ability to negotiate and collaborate with a broad sweep of partners, from Canada’s First Nations, to resource industries, to an alphabet soup of state, federal, and international public agencies. They’ve also been examples of the type of large-scale conservation that epitomizes the Montana Program. He’s been part of innovative conservation financing that conserve important habitat while enabling sustainable, community-scale economic development.
He’s also an avid outdoorsman and, last year, Paddled 200-miles of the Thelon River in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
We’re all looking forward to great achievements under his leadership.