The Cinnabar Foundation has named Gary Wolfe, DNHS Class of 67, as its new executive director. Gary, a wildlife biologist, has 40 years of conservation and natural resource management experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He will lead Montana’s conservation fund as the Cinnabar Foundation enters its 31st year of making grants to nonprofit organizations for conservation advocacy, education, land and wildlife preservation, and sustainability in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
“Gary Wolfe is absolutely the best person for the job right now,” said Foundation president Robin Tawney Nichols. “His passion for Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will help ensure sound wildlife and natural resource conservation programs and policies for decades to come.” “Wolfe already has established professional working relationships with many of our conservation partners,” Nichols continued. For the past 10 years, Wolfe has served as executive director and chief executive officer of Vital Ground Foundation, a nonprofit land trust focused on the protection and restoration of grizzly bear habitat on private lands. Wolfe will continue to lead Vital Ground on a part-time basis until his replacement is hired. Additionally, Wolfe represents District 1 on the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.