Steve is a professor and former dean of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho, founding director of UI’s award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, founding director of the UI McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), and co-editor of the international academic journals Society and Natural Resources and the International Journal of Wilderness. Prior to that he was on the forestry faculty at West Virginia University. While there he served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the West Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He also founded the West Virginia Land Trust and was a founding board member of the Monongahela River Trail Conservancy and the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. He earned his B.S and M.S. degrees from the University of Oregon, and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His research is in the areas of land use policy and management; land trusts and conservation easements; and environmental leadership. He joined the WLT Board in 2016.