JACKSON, Wyo. —  Friends of the Bridger-Teton (FBT) Board of Directors is welcoming Dr. Scott Kosiba as the organization’s new Executive Director. Kosiba will succeed Sarah Walker, who as the FBT’s first Director, built the organization from the ground up during her two-year tenure.

Kosiba takes the helm of Friends of the Bridger-Teton at an exciting time of growth and opportunity and brings with him a wealth of experience. Scott holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University where his research focused on the impact of slash-and-burn agriculture on forest regeneration in the Amazon rainforest. Locally, Kosiba has worked in the Bridger-Teton as a wildlife technician and wilderness ranger in the Jim Bridger Wilderness. Scott has also served as a consultant wildlife biologist on BLM lands specializing in greater sage-grouse and was a seasonal stewardship associate for the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s Green River Valley Program. Scott is a member of the small business community and has local non-profit management experience and a passion for community-building, education, and outreach.

“To serve our Forest, natural resources, and community in this capacity is a dream,” said Kosiba. “In this moment where Federal funding is stretched thin, we really need to rally around our public lands and the dedicated people of the US Forest Service who manage and protect these irreplaceable natural areas.”

Friends of the Bridger-Teton Board President, Ellen Fales, said “We are very excited to have Scott join our team. His connections and experience in the southern region of the Bridger-Teton (Wind River Range) are extremely valuable. FBT’s mission to promote stewardship and support for all of the 3.4 million acres of Bridger-Teton National Forest is a huge challenge!”

“We want to congratulate Scott in his new position with Friends of the Bridger-Teton and are looking forward to our partnership in the future. He brings a unique perspective not only locally but also internationally around coalition building that we are really excited about when looking at our shared mission,” said Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor, Bridger-Teton National Forest.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.