Russell was born and raised in Upstate New York and now resides in Central Valley California. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. After college, Russell headed west to start his career in the wildlife field with the National Park Service. While exploring the west, he discovered the full value of public lands and the recreational opportunities they offer. His first backcountry hunting trip occurred while archery hunting for elk in the Black Hills of Wyoming. When Russell is not working to address public land access, he enjoys backcountry fly fishing for trout in the High Sierras or taking multi-day hunting trips after elk or deer.