Department: Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network
University System: National Park Service - Bozeman
As coordinator for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative, an area extending across 260 million acres, Tom Olliff is taking a broad view of land management and conservation, increasing dialogue across an international landscape, including federal, state, tribal, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and Canadian organization, to inform management of land, water, fish, wildlife, and cultural heritage resources in response to climate change and other landscape-level stressors. Tom previously lived and worked in Yellowstone National Park for 32 years, where he served as a backcountry ranger, wildland firefighter, wilderness coordinator, district resource manager, park resource operations coordinator, and finally as the chief of the resources. At Yellowstone, he managed grizzly bear and bald eagle recovery, wolf restoration, northern range elk management, bison management, and native fisheries programs, as well as the park’s historic structures and archeological programs. Tom has an M.S. in resource conservation from the University of Montana; B.S. in forest management from Auburn University.