Growing up on a small farm in Iowa, Bart spent most of his childhood exploring the hardwood forests, pond fishing, and hunting deer, turkeys, and every type of small game. He attended Simpson College in Iowa where he wrestled his way through college (literally) and earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology.
Bart’s first wildlife management position out of college brought him west to the state of Washington, which provided big country, big game, and big opportunities. Bart is currently a Wildlife Biologist for the Kalispel Tribe in northeast Washington, where he spends most of his days in the field. Whether surveying caribou from a fixed wing aircraft or snowshoeing into the wilderness to set hair snares and game cameras, Bart loves the fact his work and play are one in the same
You can typically find Bart wandering around the eastern Washington or northern Idaho wilderness with his hounds. He is an avid hunter, guide, and houndsman, and is deeply passionate about wildlife conservation and restoration.
Mike Lithgow, Secretary
Mike is a fourth generation resident of Pend Oreille County in northeast Washington on the border of Canada and Idaho. After high school he attended Western Washington University’s Huxley School of Environmental Studies where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Planning.
With college in the rearview mirror, Mike traveled around Europe and southeast Asia before attempting to live in Seattle. The fast-paced lifestyle, endless traffic, and packed trailheads brought him back to his home on the dry side of the state. In 2010 Mike received a graduate degree in Public Administration and since has traded his study time for time in the woods.
When not working for the local Planning Department Mike is planning (it’s in his blood) his next big hunt or fishing trip. During the early fall Mike is busy chasing elk with his bow, and as fall turns to winter Mike and Aesa, his Chesapeake retriever, take to the Pend Oreille River. Mike enjoys the recreational opportunities and solitude that the backcountry offers.
Bob Mirasole, Treasurer
Galen was born in Bellingham, Washington and grew up on a small farm by Cherry Point near Custer, Washington. From the time he was able to walk, his dad took him grouse and rabbit hunting in the back field on their property. Going to his uncle’s ranch near Leavenworth to hunt mule deer was an annual highlight that led to a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing.
In 1978, after graduating high school and tech school and working for Pepsi for four years, he quit his job and took a ten-week trip around the western United States looking for property. After 10,000 miles and seven states, he decided to buy thirty acres in Colville, WA.
He built a log house from the trees on his property with his first wife, had three kids and worked for the Colville School District. Country life was a bit distasteful to his first wife and they decided they had different visions for their lives. In 1990, he married Pat and they have since added ten acres to the original thirty. A fire in December of 2000 took the original log home. They rebuilt another log home and enjoy that along with their four horses and mules, a dog, cats, and their blended family of five children and five grandchildren. Retired from the Colville School District for two years now, he spends his time shooting his bow, riding horses and mules, packing into the backcountry, doing honey-do’s, and hunting and fishing whenever seasons permit.
Having lived in this area for over 30 years, Galen believes much has remained the same. However, he feels abuse and misuse of our public lands has definitely increased. As an avid traditional bow hunter, he has watched hunters increase their dependence on technology and unlawful ATV use instead of taking the time and effort to become better woodsmen. He joined BHA a couple of years ago to support the protection of public lands and advocate for traditional hunting and fishing values.