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Lisa Ronald

Western Montana Associate Conservation Director

Lisa works with local communities, businesses, government agencies, conservation groups, Indigenous Nations, and elected officials to honor Western Montana’s legacy of wild free-flowing rivers. As a stronghold for cold, clear, plentiful, sustaining water, Western Montana’s rivers are essential to the economic prosperity and livelihoods of communities, iconic wildlife, and fisheries.

Lisa joined American Rivers in 2022. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years working on national wilderness outreach and partnerships at the University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute. She led broad-scale celebrations for the 50th anniversaries of both the Wilderness Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In 2017, she helped found and continues to coordinate the Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition, a national alliance of more than 60 river groups. Lisa is an avid whitewater kayaker and supporter of affinity spaces for those who identify as female boaters.

Education: M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana (2009), B.A. in Journalism & B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Montana (1999)

Favorite River: Lochsa River