Jon first saw the Gallatin Valley during numerous boyhood trips to Yellowstone National Park so he attributes his good fortune to live in the valley today to his parents’ love of national parks. The Gallatin Valley remained in his imagination for 25 years and he found a way to move to Bozeman in 1998. During the 1990s, Jon worked as an investigative and environmental reporter in Portland, Oregon where he analyzed the Pacific Northwest’s major natural-resource debates from forest management and salmon recovery to planning efforts by communities confronting pressures of unprecedented growth. For the past 10 years, Jon has been a consultant to regional and national conservation organizations, specializing in communications, evaluation of resource-management alternatives and public engagement. A major focus was a 15-year effort that restored the public’s ability to enjoy clean air and natural quiet in Yellowstone’s winter season and healthier conditions for wildlife. In 2006, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees made Jon an honorary member of their organization. His personal interests include backpacking, cross-country skiing, tennis, gardening and photography.