Arlen Lancaster

Conservation Initiatives Director

Arlen Lancaster joined The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming in 2010. He previously served as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency with 12,000 employees and an annual budget of $3.4 billion. Prior to his appointment by President George W. Bush to NRCS, he was the USDA Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, leading department’s liaison efforts with Congress, state governments and Tribes. Earlier in his career, he held several senior staff positions in the United States Senate, including senior policy advisor for Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and staff director of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Rural Revitalization. 

Arlen volunteers his time for Wyoming organizations committed to conservation and rural communities. He is currently an executive board member of the Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team, a board member of the Wyoming Rural Development Council, and an associate supervisor for the Popo Agie Conservation District. He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Wyoming and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. Arlen is an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman. He and his wife, Staci, are proud to call Lander, Wyoming their home.


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Arlen Lancaster

Conservation Initiatives Director


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