Lands Project Manager
“We live in a special place and I am happy to continue working with landowners across southwest Montana to plan for a future that includes the shared values and rich heritage that connect people and communities across the region – healthy waters and wildlife, open spaces, and working farms and ranches.”
Kelsie comes to GVLT with a passion for collaborating with communities to find balance in conserving open spaces, protecting wild places, and supporting rural livelihoods. As a Lands Project Manager, she develops and manages land conservation projects in support of those goals. Kelsie grew up on farms and ranches in rural Montana; experiencing life on the land which has shaped her personal and professional growth over the years. Her sense of adventure and passion for learning took to several places in the west and abroad while pursuing her education. Eventually, she returned home to Montana, realizing it really is the last best place to be. She has worked with state wildlife management agencies in Montana and Alaska, gaining considerable experience in engaging a broad range of folks in wildlife management issues. Kelsie has spent considerable time in the field – in fact, her dairy farming skills came in handy when she milked big horned sheep on a research capture for FWP. She comes to GVLT from the National Parks Conservation Association where her focus was reducing human-wildlife conflict in the Paradise and Madison Valleys by providing landowners with tools for living with and restoring wildlife habitat and migration opportunities. Kelsie holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography: Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska and a Master of Environmental Management with a focus in Integrative and Public Lands Management from Western Colorado University. In her free time, she’s typically playing outside with her dog Harlow on foot, skis, horseback, or boat, enjoying the lands and waters that connect us through shared values and common ground.