Alaska Chapter Board


Larry Bartlett, Chair

Larry Bartlett is an ABHA Life Member and has lived in Fairbanks, AK for 21 years. He’s a native Texan who served 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic and Licensed Nurse. In 1998 he started Pristine Ventures, a wilderness adventure company that develops rafts, backcountry gear and educational media. He is a hunt planning consultant with a proven commitment to backcountry education, community relations, and stewardship of wild public lands and remote fresh flowing streams.

Larry’s words on joining BHA:

“I became a life member of the Alaska Chapter many years ago because I thought the organization mostly needed financial support to fight the fight for wild public lands. I was wrong. We needed more informed members with equity in our mission and purpose. This organization needs to demonstrate a stronger sense of community—our connection is the desire for backcountry opportunities to exist in perpetuity for all generations of future wild public land adventurers. I hope to bring a sense of vision and leadership that propels our chapter toward that goal.”

Manny_Hernandez.jpgManny Hernandez, Military Outreach

Manny Hernandez is a Marine Corps veteran living in North Pole, AK. He has explored remote landscapes throughout the U.S. and Asia, but he knew Alaska was home after his first Interior backcountry adventure.

“Alaska has filled an important void in my life—the need to roam free on wild public lands with a sense of physical challenge.”
Manny demonstrates his passion, respect and commitment to Alaska by serving this chapter as member, board member and military liaison. He proves staying active in the backcountry and molding a sense of community around your passions is a sure way of perpetuating a healthy future for the next generation.

Barry_and_moose.jpg 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.


travis_booms.jpgTravis Booms, Secretary/Treasurer

Travis grew up as a river rat, fishing and playing in a highly manipulated Wisconsin river. Still, he found pieces of wildness and solitude on the river that shaped his values and thoughts. Since then, Travis has spent his life pursuing answers to biological questions in remote corners of the continent--namely Greenland and Alaska--as a wildlife biologist. He has called Fairbanks, Alaska home since 2004. Travis is an avid outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys backpacking on the Alaska tundra or floating down a wild river.


Steve Shannon, Outreach Coordinator

Steve is a devoted husband and father, and a lifetime BHA member. He lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with his wife and son. He is a passionate bowhunter and fly fisherman. He has lived in Alaska for nearly a decade and has spent all of it enjoying the pursuit of big game and big fish with good friends and family. He has also worked with the youth of the Fairbanks community as a National Archery in the Schools Program instructor. He believes firmly in being physically prepared for all that the backcountry can throw at a hunter and has worked with a local CrossFit gym as a CrossFit Kids instructor as well. Steve is an outspoken advocate of keeping “public lands in public hands” and has worked with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to raise awareness about issues both within and outside of Alaska that affect sportsmen’s access to big, unspoiled pieces of wilderness.


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