Gerhardt Soeffker grew up hunting and fishing central and western Montana. The child of a fishing guide, conservationist and split bamboo fly-rod rod maker, Gerhardt was introduced to the conservation ethic on the banks of Rock Creek. Here, Gerhardt developed a deep passion and love for the landscape and could often be found waist-deep in a stream, studying the undersides of river rocks or engaging in streamside diplomacy. In high school, Gerhardt was selected as a participant in a rigorous exchange program that took him to Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. This opportunity to experience the world opened Gerhardt’s eyes to the uniqueness and fragility of the remaining wild, public lands and waters of the United States.
Prior to his arrival at BHA, Gerhardt spent a decade working as a commercial airline pilot for one of the largest airlines in the world. Gerhardt’s pilot-eye for detail and organization naturally led him to a position as BHA’s grant and operations assistant. When not in the office, Gerhardt is rowing a raft down a western Montana river with his two pups or going vertical in pursuit of high-mountain muleys or bugling bulls.