Land is a 5th generation Montanan who garnered his conservation ethic from a young age in duck blinds on warm water sloughs in the Bitterroot Valley, at the end of a flyrod during the salmon fly hatch on the Big Hole River, and chasing the wily wapiti in Cinnabar Basin. Land received a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana in 2000 and a PHD in post hole digging fencing in the family Quarter horses and mules. Fresh out of college, he worked for a newly formed sportsmen organization called the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) as their National Grassroots Coordinator. Much of his work at TRCP was aimed at protecting quality places to hunt and fish via roadless areas and promoting volunteer incentives for landowners to provide public access to private lands. After four years working for TRCP, Land joined the staff of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as Regional Representative in Missoula, Montana.
John Gale is a 5th generation Idahoan who grew up hunting and fishing the backcountry with his family. Engaged in politics at a young age, John finished high school early to take his first job with the Idaho State Senate. Later on, while feeding an outdoors addiction as a whitewater river guide and ranger, John received his degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Idaho. After a two year stint in Morocco with the Peace Corps managing biodiversity and water projects, John found a niche for his ecumenical angling habits in Washington, D.C. directing a variety of grassroots conservation programs for Trout Unlimited. Eventually he succumbed to the calls of western topography and returned to the high country directing sportsmen campaigns and public lands policy for 9 years with the National Wildlife Federation. As BHA’s Conservation Director, John is committed to defending our wild public lands, waters, and wildlife for future generations. In his personal time, John enjoys the outdoors with his wife and daughter and prefers the solitude of lonely backcountry mountains where the elk bugle and cold streams run with wild trout.
Caitlin was born and raised in Missoula, MT, where she grew up fishing and camping with her family. She attended the University of Oregon for college in Eugene, OR where she majored in Business and Communications. Following graduation Caitlin moved back to Montana, where she balanced her time between rafting and skiing tight tree lines in fresh powder. Her love for the open spaces, snow-capped mountains, and bountiful rivers of Montana brought her to BHA, where she can now advocate for the conservation of these special landscapes. Caitlin is pleased to work for an organization that strives to preserve the kind of outdoor experience that was so influential in her young life, and continues to be a source of refuge and adventure, today.
Born and raised in Southern California, Grant knew at an early age that he would someday live in Montana. Fascinated by animals his whole life, he learned the finer points of hunting from his Grandpa when he was old enough to carry a gun. After graduating from Humboldt State with a degree in Wildlife Management, Grant spent most of the next decade as a biological science technician, doing everything from studying spotted owls in the northwest to eradicating feral pigs from California’s islands, to spending 5 seasons in Montana’s backcountry collecting grizzly bear hair. Grant now enjoys elk and antelope hunting and guiding his wonderful wife down Montana’s rivers while she casts to rising cutthroats. Grant is thrilled to be a part of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and feels privileged to be able to help protect the wild places that means so much to him.
Descendant of coal miners, fur trappers, ice fishermen and schoolteachers from Pennsylvania, Katie McKalip grew up with a front row seat to the politicking of Washington, D.C., thanks to her military upbringing. After college in Virginia, she landed in western Montana, where she spends a lot of time outdoors and engages in policy making from a distance.
Katie joined the BHA team following a seven-year stint with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, where she led the TRCP’s media outreach and other communications work. She also helped realize founder Jim Range’s vision of the TRCP as an influencer of sportsmen-driven conservation policy and a center point in the outdoors and hunting and angling constituencies. She is actively involved with the boards of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, where she directed communications before moving to the TRCP, and Conservation Hawks, which levies sportsmen’s political muscle to advance effective approaches to climate change.
She has an M.S. from the University of Montana and a B.A. from The College of William & Mary. For her master’s thesis, she wrote a manuscript on the history of mining – camps, communities and colorful characters – in the area now known as Rocky Mountain National Park.
Married to a Montanan who’s hunted since he was 12, Katie especially enjoys upland hunting with good friends and great dogs, cross country skiing Montana’s hills and river bottoms, and summertime paddles in sun dappled mountain streams, ideally with her two kids in tow.