Cole Herdman



Conservation Program Manager - Park County

“I am honored to work with the landowners of Madison, Gallatin, and Park Counties towards the shared goal of protecting the open-space, habitat, and agricultural values of region.”

Cole joined GVLT in the spring of 2021 as a Land Steward, working with landowners to ensure conservation easements continue to meet the goals of the landowner and the land trust. In the Fall of 2022, Cole transitioned to the Lands Project Manager role. Cole was raised in the Pacific Northwest, between the shores of the Puget Sound and the peaks of the Cascade Mountains. He attended the University of Puget Sound, obtaining a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Environmental Policy while working as a wildland firefighter for the Forest Service during his summers. His curiosity and passion for connecting with people and place led him to an AmeriCorps position with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, where he engaged a wide range of participants with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Cole can often be found exploring the surrounding mountains and waterways on skis, bikes, or with a fly rod in hand. He is humbled by the opportunity to learn from those who have long called this region home and is eager to partner with those who are new to the area, with the shared goal of fostering a community that is rooted in appreciation for the open-space, agriculture, and wildlife of Southwest Montana.