Laura is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Nature-Link Institute, a 501c3 non-profit founded in 2005 with a mission of “reconnecting people to the environment through research, education and advocacy.” Laura is also currently working for the Blackfeet Nation on a SAMSHA Native Connections Grant entitled Culture and Hope and as an Indigenous Conservation Coordinator. Within these diverse roles Laura has had the privilege of working with rural mountain communities around the world including the Himalayas of India, the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile, and of course here in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Laura believes that human and landscape health are inextricably connected, and has committed herself to working at this sometimes-messy juncture for the betterment of all living beings. Laura has a PhD in Forestry and Conservation Sciences, a MS in Recreation Administration, and an BS in Geography. When she is not working Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, and two incredible daughters and a plethora of four legged friends. She can be found enjoying our amazing landscape though hiking, running, skiing, horseback riding or just being present in this incredible place.