Barry Whitehill, Board of Director
Growing up in eastern Washington I was fortunate to have public lands close at hand. Starting with my first elk at age 14, it became obvious to me that deep, dark holes on public lands were places to be consistently successful as a hunter. Also they were a place where I could rejuvenate my soul. That has been repeatedly validated when I lived in Idaho, northern Nevada, and, since 1992, in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Raised on a farm in the Pacific Northwest and hiking the Cascade Mountains at an early age provided me a deep appreciation of eating healthy foods and being outdoors. My career has included working for two university outdoor programs in Washington and Colorado introducing students to hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing and rafting. Sharing wild lands and the importance of their preservation has been a lifelong pursuit. During the past 17 years, I have had the privilege of hunting and rafting with my husband in the remote rivers and mountains of Alaska. We are grateful for the opportunity to have wild game on our table. I am deeply committed to the BHA vision “to stand up for wild country and the fish and wildlife that depend on it.”
Born in Wisconsin, I have lived in Alaska since I was only a few months old. I have been hunting and fishing Alaska since a very young age and have been fortunate enough to go on many incredible adventures throughout this expansive state. I love using all sorts of methods to reach the limits of this state and thoroughly enjoy the adventure of getting there. I have always been so grateful of the public land available to us Alaskans and I literally cannot imagine a State with even slightly more limitations. It truly exemplifies freedom and backcountry adventure.
I spend a majority of my time rifle and bow hunting in the mountains but absolutely love fly fishing for rainbows or jet boating to an awesome salmon location. Aviation and snowmachine exploring continuously expand my thoughts of adventure and push the boundary of my limits. Through BHA, I hope to not only promote our natural rights to public lands but continuous expansion and awareness of anything that may threaten our backcountry livelihood.
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