The National Public Lands Grazing Campaign: Steering Commitee

Veronica Egan Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Billy Stern Forest Guardians
Bill Marlett Oregon Natural Desert Association
Jon Marvel Western Watersheds Project
Daniel Patterson Center for Biological Diversity
Randi Spivak American Lands

Additional groups may be represented in the future.

Veronica Egan is Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national wilderness advocacy organization focused on grazing reform, among other issues. Ronni has spent a lifetime in the backcountry of the West as a guide, outfitter and outdoor educator, and has firsthand knowledge of the impacts of abusive livestock management practices. Great Old Broads hosts an annual riparian area assessment workshop for grazing activists, in partnership with the Wild Utah Poject.

Billy Stern became Grazing Reform Program Director for Forest Guardians in 2004. After finishing his B.S. at Portland State University, he worked with Greenpeace for five years. He resumed his academic study at the University of Montana, where he earned a M.A. and wrote his thesis on "Permit Value: A Hidden Key to the Public Land Grazing Dispute." He has also work with the Native Forest Network as their Pulp and Paper Strategist and on state wildlife and habitat issues for the Grassroots Environmental Effectiveness Network (GREEN) and Defenders of Wildlife.

Bill Marlett is Executive Director of Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), whose mission is the preservation of Oregon's High Desert. ONDA's goals are nothing less than designation of six million acres of cattle-free wilderness in Oregon and the phase-out of livestock grazing on public lands. Prior to joining ONDA in 1993, Bill founded and directed the Central Oregon Environmental Center in Bend, Oregon; led a successful statewide ballot measure protecting Oregon rivers; stopped a spate of hydroelectric dams on the Deschutes River; and spent seven years working for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Jon Marvel is a licensed architect in Hailey, Idaho, where he has lived for thirty years. His architecture practice focuses on energy conservation design. In 1993 Jon and two friends founded Idaho Watersheds Project (now Western Watersheds Project [WWP]) to apply for and compete at auction for Idaho school endowment land grazing leases. Marvel now serves as Executive Director of WWP which is active in seven western states with the primary goal of ending public lands ranching within ten years. WWP has been very successful in drawing media and public attention to the issue of public lands ranching, its subsidized existence and the damaging effects it has on public lands in the America West.

Daniel Patterson is a Desert Ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona. He is a graduate of the College of Natural Resources at Michigan State University, and formerly worked for the BLM in the mojave desert. He has helped protect the desert tortoise and other endangered species from the impacts of livestock grazing, and works with ranchers on buyout legislation, ORV issues, and other areas of common ground. Daniel's work affects public lands conservation in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.

Randi Spivak is Executive Director of American Lands Alliance, a national non-profit group representing citizens nationwide who are working to protect wildlife and wild places. For the last decade American Lands has advocated strong national policies to protect and restore native forests, grasslands and biodiversity. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Randi was board president of American Lands and Director of its campaign to protect old growth forests. Randi is a long-time forest advocate and is experienced in national campaigns, advocacy and marketing. Previously, Randi was an advertising executive, responsible for directing the advertising and marketing for several major national brands.