Bison Restoration Coordinator

Rachel Schmidt

A river rat at heart, Rachel is a lifelong resident of Montana who enjoys what some might consider too many outdoor hobbies. With a degree in resource conservation and watershed management from the University of Montana (that Rachel summarizes as “overeducated fly fisherman”) she has spent her career roaming the world in organic agriculture and the outdoor recreation industry to include a variety of roles in fly fishing, rafting, ski and firearms. From 2017-2020 Rachel created one of the United States’ first offices of outdoor recreation for Montana’s Gov. Steve Bullock and became the country’s first female director in that office. Her passions that took her to public lands and waters led her to early involvement with and membership in BHA, including a seat on BHA’s North American board of directors. She lives in Montana with her two sons Maclean and Schafer, and when she is not hunting big game, fly fishing or floating a river she is chasing her German wirehair, Hal, around the prairie of Eastern Montana.

Contact Rachel:

[email protected]