Gary Macfarlane, Ecosystem Defense Director
Gary is responsible for tracking public land issues in the Clearwater Basin. His duties include analyzing public land agency proposals and policy, submitting public comments, filing appeals of federal agency decisions, and when necessary coordinating litigation. Gary has over 30 years of activist experience and is very familiar with Forest Service policy. He has been recognized as one of the most effective activists in the northern Rockies, and was a recipient of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies Conservation Award in 1997. Gary holds a B.S. degree from Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources.
Katie Bilodeau, Staff Attorney
Katie contributes to Friends of the Clearwater’s forest-watch program by analyzing and commenting on agencies’ environmental assessments and impact statements for timber sales, projects, or other management plans, advising on legal strategy, and conducting some of Friends of the Clearwater’s pre- or post-project monitoring. She also works toward government transparency by facilitating Friends of the Clearwater’s Freedom of Information Act requests and analyzing those responses. Katie is licensed to practice law in the states of Washington and Idaho and earned her juris doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law with emphases in Native American law and natural resource and environmental law. Before attending law school, Katie received a Master of Science in Water Resources from the University of Idaho.
Ashley Lipscomb, Membership & Development Director
Ashley started volunteering with Friends of the Clearwater in 2010. She served as a board member before stepping into her current roll as the membership and development director. Ashley is responsible for growing Friends of the Clearwater’s membership base and developing relationships with individual donors and foundations. Ashley has two goals: build support to reflect diverse demographics to ensure FOC’s longevity and search for mutually beneficial funding sources promoting public lands protection. She worked in the private water quality monitoring sector as a lab technician and project coordinator for 3 years before moving into her current position with Friends of the Clearwater. Ashley has a B.S. in Resource Recreation and Tourism from the University of Idaho.
Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director
Brett is responsible for grassroots organizing, community programming and on-line communications. His duties include spearheading community events, publishing educational materials, drafting news releases, handling social media, maintaining the website, co-hosting our weekly radio show and working with students at the University of Idaho, Washington State University, and Lewis – Clark State College. Brett has a B.S. in Parks & Recreation Management from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho.
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