“The idea of turning public lands over to the state has raised the hackles of a very diverse group of people. At a recent anti-land transfer rally in Casper, hundreds of hunters and outfitters crowded together with environmentalists and bird watchers.”
—Wyoming Public Media
The Rally for Public Lands was held on Saturday, Nov. 5,
at the Izaak Walton League in Casper, Wyoming.
Born in Ames, Iowa, Chris Madson took a bachelor’s degree in biology at Grinnell College and a master of science in wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before accepting the editorship of Kansas Wildlife magazine in 1978 with what was then the Kansas Fish and Game Commission. In 1983, he moved to Cheyenne to take the editorship of Wyoming Wildlife magazine for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, a position he held until he retired in 2014. In that period, Wyoming Wildlife won more than 200 national awards for excellence in writing, photography, and design. Madson has written for many other publications, including Audubon, Outdoor Life, National Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Sporting Classics, and Pheasants Forever. In 2005, Ducks Unlimited recognized him as its national Conservation Communicator of the Year, and in 2010, the National Wildlife Federation honored him with its National Conservation Achievement Award. In 2014, the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Institute recognized Madson’s work with its first annual Contributions to Wyoming Biodiversity Conservation Award.
Land Tawney is a fifth-generation Montanan who developed his conservation ethic from a young age in duck blinds on warm water sloughs in the Bitterroot Valley, at the end of a fly rod during the salmon fly hatch on the Big Hole River, and chasing the wily wapiti in Cinnabar Basin. He’s led the charge at BHA since 2013. Land received a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 2000 and a Ph.D. in post hole digging while fencing in the family quarter horses and mules. Fresh out of college, he worked for a newly formed sportsmen’s organization called the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as the TRCP’s national grassroots coordinator. Following four years with the TRCP, Land joined the staff of the National Wildlife Federation as NWF’s regional representative in Missoula, Montana. In 2009 Land initiated Vanishing Paradise, an effort to nationalize the issue of coastal land loss in the Mississippi River Delta, which winters 11 million ducks and geese every year and supports world class redfish and speckled trout fishing opportunities. In short, Land has spent his professional career building, energizing and activating hunters and anglers to carry on our rich outdoor legacy.
Tania Lown-Hecht received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, where she studied space and geography. While in graduate school, she started a blog that garnered over a quarter million hits a month, leading her to discover a love for content development and design that eventually led her out of academia and into nonprofit work. Tania leads communications at Outdoor Alliance, where she gets to tell the funny and engaging stories of why people love getting outside through our campaigns, social media, website, newsletters, and emails. Tania lives in DC and is passionate about the slowest-speed outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, backpacking, and cross-country skiing.