Melissa EarlyYouth Presentation
After graduating from Sewanee: University of the South with a degree in Environmental Policy, Melissa discovered her love of Western wild lands, watersheds, and wildlife while an Interpreter at Mount Rainier National Park. During graduate school at the University of Montana in Missoula, Melissa researched ranchers and farmers who are “predator friendly,” and utilizing diverse methods to co-exist with wolves, bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and more. After graduating with a M.S. in Resource Conservation in 2012, Melissa spent five more years working as a backcountry Wilderness ranger in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is continuously fascinated by the interdependence of the GYE’s Whitebark Pines, grizzlies, cutthroat trout, elk, and sage grouse. Melissa spends nearly all her free time on public lands: hiking, backpacking, fly-fishing old rivers and exploring alpine lakes, hot-springing, skiing, and wildcrafting!