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Jeremy Vesbach

Western Lands Director


Western Lands, Senior Leadership

Area of Focus

As Director of the Lands Program, Jeremy is focused on making sure westerners can pass on a legacy of thriving wildlife populations and wild places that are still an integral, daily part of our life in the West. Jeremy works with a small team of experts dedicated to developing and implementing smart policy to conserve and connect half of Western lands to support thriving wildlife populations, robust local outdoor economies, and equitable access to outdoor opportunity. He believes it is possible that we can pass on a West with wildlife populations that are even stronger and an outdoor way of life even better than we found it.


Jeremy grew up along the Bighorn River in southeastern Montana and has lived in New Mexico since 2002, with a few years in between working as a journalist in Oregon.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation (an early conservation biology degree designed by Aldo Leopold).

Favorite thing about the West

Elk hunting in the Gila with my daughters, backpacking the Beartooths with my daughters and nephews, canoeing the Missouri Breaks with the whole family, and just generally exploring places I’ve never been – but where I can still walk all day without hitting a no-trespassing sign.

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