The Vital Ground Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Lutey, J.D., as the organization’s executive director.
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Missoula, Mont. ‒ The Vital Ground Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Lutey, J.D., as the organization’s executive director. Lutey has led Vital Ground’s conservation efforts as director of lands and conservation for more than a decade, and he brings with him a background in environmental, real estate and nonprofit law, along with experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising and management.
“Since joining Vital Ground in 2005, Ryan has worked tirelessly to establish and expand collaborative relationships with private landowners, project stakeholders, and agency and nonprofit partners to help ensure the future of North America’s grizzly bears,” said Stuart Strahl, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society and chairman of Vital Ground’s board of trustees. “As we celebrate Vital Ground’s 25th anniversary, the trustees are extremely pleased that this transition will allow the organization to maintain a quarter-century of momentum toward habitat protection for the West’s most iconic wildlife species.”
After obtaining a B.A. in Geography with an English minor, Lutey worked in public relations for both the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership before securing a Juris Doctor with an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Certificate from the University of Montana School of Law in 2004. He is an active member of the State Bar of Montana and currently sits on the Montana Forest Stewardship Steering Committee to help promote the state’s forest stewardship program to empower forest landowners with the basic principles of forestry and environmental management.
Based in Missoula, Mont., The Vital Ground Foundation addresses the issue of wildlife habitat fragmentation by collaborating with private landowners to permanently protect the conservation values of their land to benefit grizzly bears and other wide-ranging wildlife. For more information about Vital Ground and its conservation work, visit www.vitalground.org.