JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (NRCC) announced the addition of a new executive director, Ben Williamson, to the Jackson office.\r\n\r\n\u201cBen brings great experience and dynamism to NRCC\u2019s conservation education, research, and practice-based programs,\u201d said board president, Peyton Griffin.\r\n\r\nBefore joining NRCC, Williamson conducted whitebark pine research in Yellowstone National Park, directed an environmental education center at The Glacier Institute, and worked on reducing predator-livestock conflicts in northwest Montana. Most recently, Williamson finished a project on land use in Mole National Park in northern Ghana, where he facilitated dialogues with local communities and government officials.\r\n\r\nWilliamson said, \u201cIt\u2019s a privilege to join an organization with a rich history in the GYE. This role gives me the chance to engage with a diverse group of researchers and community members. I\u2019m looking forward to continue this success, while working together to shape new ways of thinking and action.\u201d\r\n\r\nWilliamson grew up in Colorado, received a degree in Ecology with a minor in Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana, and completed a Master\u2019s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.\r\n\r\n\u201cBen\u2019s expertise will be invaluable for the community conservation initiatives, educational programming, and research projects NRCC carries out with 45-plus Research Associates and Project Partners,\u201d said NRCC cofounder Susan Clark.\r\n\r\nThe Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, founded in 1987, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Jackson, Wyo. The organization envisions a world where humans and wildlife coexist and thrive in healthy ecosystems.\r\n\r\nBen can be reached by email\u00a0or phone at 1-307-733-6856.