Contact Us

Terry Messmer
Community-based Conservation
Wildland Resources Department
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
435-797-3975
terry.messmer@usu.edu

Rae Ann F. Hart
Wildland Resources Department
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
435-797-3974
raeann.hart@usu.edu

Steering Committee

Rae Ann Hart
Rae Ann Hart serves as the Administrative Assistant on the Community Based Conservation Project. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University and has worked in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University for over 25 years.

Rae Ann F. Hart
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
435-797-3974
fax 435-797-3796
raeann.hart@usu.edu

Lorien Belton
Lorien Belton works in the Community-Based Conservation Program (CBCP) at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah. She has a bachelor's degree in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a master's degree in Sociology of Natural Resources from USU. In her role with the CBCP, she facilitates several of the sage-grouse local working groups (adaptive resource management groups) in Utah. She also facilities planning meetings with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and other partners to implement the state Wildlife Action Plan, and participates in the Utah Partners for Conservation and Development. She has also managed stakeholder scoping meetings for the Quinney College of Natural Resources at USU. Prior to coming to USU, she spent four and a half years at Rare, an international nonprofit conservation organization in Arlington, Virginia, which focuses on making conservation efforts both economically and socially viable for communities around the world. In 2007, she co-organized the 2007 International Symposium for Society and Resource Management, a 700-person academic conference, in Park City, Utah. Raised in Wyoming, she returned to the West to study collaborative conservation planning in ranching communities. Between 2006 and 2009, she conducted a needs assessment for the 60+ sage-grouse local working groups across the western United States. Her master's thesis examined the concept of ‘psychological ownership' of individuals in the work of these groups. Other major products from the research include presentations of findings to a wide variety of audiences, training materials to enhance the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) outreach to sage-grouse local working groups, and a technical report containing the full results of the needs assessment.

Lorien Belton
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
lorien.belton@usu.edu 435-770-2413

Katie Kalinowski
Katie joined WGA in 2013 and works on natural resources, with an emphasis on wildlife- and public lands-related policy and projects. Prior to joining WGA she led collaborative processes, as a trained facilitator and project manager, at the National Academies, Renewable Northwest Project and the National Wind Coordinating Collaborative at RESOLVE. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia. Katie grew up in Colorado and holds a master's degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Katie Kalinowski
Policy Advisor - Wildlife and Lands
kkalinowski@westgov.org

Michele Straube
Michele Straube is an attorney with over 30 years' experience in environmental and natural resources law. As a practicing attorney she represented private and public sector clients. For 15 years, Ms. Straube maintained an environmental mediation practice in which she designed and facilitated consensus-building processes for a wide variety of government, corporate and non-profit clients. She also directed Salt Lake Solutions, SLC Mayor Becker's collaborative government initiative. Ms. Straube has designed and teaches conflict management courses at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and Masters of Public Administration program. In February 2012, she joined the U law school faculty as a Lecturer and Founding Director of the Stegner Center's Environmental Dispute Resolution Program.

Michele Straube, Director
Environmental Dispute Resolution Program
Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources & Environment
S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
332 S. 1400 E, Room 101, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
801-585-5516 (o); 801-455-5789 (cell)
michele.straube@law.utah.edu
http://www.law.utah.edu/projects/edr/

Terry A. Messmer
Terry A. Messmer is a Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist in the Department Wildland Resources, Utah State University (USU), Logan. He also is the Associate Director of the Jack H. Berryman Institute and holds the Quinney Professorship of Wildlife Conflict Management in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University. He received B.S. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and in Biology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks; M.S. degrees in Natural Resource Management/Botany and in Regional and Community Planning; and a Ph.D. in Animal and Range Sciences from North Dakota State University, Fargo. His research, teaching, and extension activities include identification, implementation, and evaluation of conservation strategies, technologies, and partnerships that can benefit agriculture, wildlife, and resource users. He is particularly interested in the reevaluation of contemporary fisheries and wildlife management policies and paradigms regarding the contributions private lands to natural resource conservation, wildlife and livestock interactions, and the abatement of wildlife/transportation system conflicts.

Terry Messmer
Utah State University
5230 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5230
435-797-3975
terry.messmer@usu.edu

Pat Diebert
Pat is the National Sage-grouse Conservation Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she works on sage-grouse and sagebrush conservation issues. She is also assisting in the sage-grouse status review. Pat received her PhD from the University of Wyoming studying sage-grouse. Previous employment includes working as a wildlife biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

National Sage-grouse Conservation Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5353 Yellowstone Road, Suite 308A
Cheyenne, WY 82009
307-772-2374, ext. 226