Shane Mahoney appointed director of the High Lonesome Institute


Scott Stewart
The High Lonesome Ranch

Internationally Recognized Conservationist, Shane Mahoney, Appointed Director of the High Lonesome Institute

DeBeque, Colorado – August 12, 2015. Respected wildlife scientist and conservation leader, Shane Mahoney, has been appointed Director of the High Lonesome Institute. Mahoney is well known in wildlife circles as an articulate spokesman for conservation issues and as an influential thought leader and advocate for sustainable use approaches to resource development. Recognized as an expert on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, he brings a wide range of conservation research and policy experience to his new position and currently serves as an advisor to numerous conservation bodies.

Mahoney is the Founder and CEO of Conservation Visions Inc., a global wildlife initiative focusing on applied conservation solutions and wildlife stewardship in the 21st century. He previously led the wildlife research and sustainable development programs for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the World Conservation Union’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. He also serves as North American Expert to the International Council for the Conservation of Wildlife and International Liaison for the Wildlife Society. Well published in the scientific literature, Mahoney also has extensive experience as a conservation communicator through his popular writings, radio, television and film appearances.

High Lonesome Institute is situated geographically within the wider landscape of The High Lonesome Ranch that encompasses some 400 square miles of deeded and permitted lands on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. The Institute will facilitate and conduct applied research on land use and management practices, establish long-term monitoring programs for assessing landscape rehabilitation, wildlife and habitat diversity as well as ecological change through time. It will also serve as a forum for conservation dialogue and knowledge mobilization, seeking to advance conservation efforts in the intermountain west.

Paul R. Vahldiek JR., High Lonesome Institute founder and chairman of The High Lonesome Ranch says he is very pleased to have someone of Mahoney’s stature leading the Institute.

“Shane Mahoney is widely recognized as one of North America’s leading conservation authorities” says Vahldiek, “and he will bring not only great knowledge and experience but also his great passion for conservation to High Lonesome Institute. We are excited about the many new opportunities his leadership and commitment will provide, including conservation forums at HLI.”

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