Who We Are 

 GBSG Executive Director Dale Harris. Ronni Flannery photo

GBSG Executive Director Dale Harris. Ronni Flannery photo

Dale Harris, Executive Director

Dale Harris was a founding member of the Great Burn Study Group, and has served as its Executive Director since the group organized as a nonprofit.

Dale was the only member from Montana appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to the Roadless Area Conservation National Advisory Committee from 2006-2008, and co-chaired the group as it developed the Idaho Roadless Rule. Dale has also been vice-chair of the Idaho Roadless Implementation Commission since 2008.  Dale was instrumental in developing the Clearwater Basin Collaborative in Idaho, and co-led the group for ten years. He was also a founding member and joint leader for the Montana Forest Restoration Committee. 

In recognition of his conservation leadership, Dale has received several awards, including:

  • Chevron-Texaco Conservation Award

  • Eddie Bauer Company “Heroes for the Earth” Award

  • Cinnabar Foundation Len and Sandy Sargent Award

Dale holds a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana.


Hayley Newman, Stewardship Coordinator

Hayley joined GBSG in 2018 and manages all aspects of GBSG's on-the-ground stewardship program. Previous to the GBSG, Hayley worked on a variety of conservation issues with the National Wildlife Federation and US Forest Service. She holds a B.A. from the University of California Santa Cruz and a M.S. in road ecology from University of Montana. 


Laura Lee, Staff Accountant

Laura has been GBSG's staff accountant since 2000.  She enjoys working with many small non-profits in Missoula, helping them achieve their mission through effective financial management. Laura holds a B.A. from Carleton College and acquired her accounting education from the University of Montana.  


Barbara Behan, Development and Communications Coordinator 

Barbara has worked with GBSG on development, research, and communications for 18 years. Prior to her work with GBSG, she was an academic researcher and public historian focused on land and water issues and social history for various clients in the public and private sectors. She holds an M.A. in western US history from Arizona State University. 


Rory O'Connor, Roving Ranger

Rory has been employed as GBSG's seasonal "Roving Ranger" every summer since 2008. In this position, he performs skilled backcountry ranger duties including sign maintenance, user-created camp cleanups, resource monitoring, etc. Rory previously worked as a seasonal backcountry ranger for the U.S. Forest Service. 

Seasonal staff: 10-12 seasonal field employees 


 

Board of Directors 

Larry Jakub, Attorney (Retired), Office of General Counsel, US Forest Service

Tom Kerr, Chief Investment Officer, SGL Investment Advisors

Drew Lefebvre, Teaching Naturalist, Montana Natural History Center (Board co-chair)

Peter Metcalf, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Montana Department of Forestry and Conservation Sciences

Mike Oliver, Deputy Director of Public and Governmental Relations (Retired), US Forest SErvice Region 1

Zack Porter, former Western Montana Field Director, Montana Wilderness Association

Tom Roy, Ph.D., Director (Retired), University of Montana Environmental Studies Program 

Wes Swaffar, Director of Ecosystem Servcies, National Forest Foundation (Board co-chair)

Sharon Sweeney, District forest ranger (Retired), US Forest Region 1