Backcountry Beat, November 2020
We all have much to be thankful for. Our public lands and waters that provide solitude, challenge, and especially now, solace. The fresh, organic meat, sustainably harvested, that fills our freezers. The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion. But what I’m most thankful for is the people and the community that are the heart and soul of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
The original seven around the campfire in Oregon in 2014 who had the foresight to form this great organization. Mike Beagle, on whose property they were gathered, Dick Hentze, Tim Lillebo, James Montieth, Tony Heckard, Michelle Halle and Brian Maguire. The hiring committee that took a chance on me 7 1/2 years ago. The current North American board. The over 700 chapter, college club and Armed Forces Initiative leaders across North America. The 40,000 members. The 365,000-plus followers on social media. The most badass staff in conservation.
Each and every day it is the people who show up for whom I’m most thankful. To you, no matter what role you are playing, THANK YOU! We have much yet to do together.
Onward and upward,
President and CEO
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers