Mike Dombeck

One of the most renowned and respected contemporary conservationists, Mike Dombeck dedicated a quarter of a century to managing federal lands and natural resources in the long-term public interest. His leadership in the Bureau of Land Management and as former chief of the Forest Service impacted nearly 500 million acres. His legacy is one of steadfast stewardship for the land, and he is most noted for significant efforts toward watershed health and restoration, sustainable forest ecosystem management, sound forest roads, and roadless area protection. As the capstone to his life-long career in public service, he was granted the highest award in federal service, the Presidential Rank & Distinguished Executive Award.

Dr. Dombeck is also the recipient of the prestigious Audubon Medal and the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 200 popular and scholarly publications, including the book Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices, and most recently the book From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Lands Legacy.

Dr. Dombeck now serves as a University of Wisconsin System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.  He also writes popular and technical articles, lectures, and makes frequent national and international presentations on current environmental, natural resource management, and social issues.

Dr. Dombeck and his wife, Patricia, live near Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They have one daughter, Mary, who recently completed her Peace Corps assignment in Africa.

Bio and Photo Source: http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/gem/Dombeck/Bio.htm