Dan Schlager

Wyoming State Director


DanSchlagerDan is our Wyoming State Director and leads The Conservation Fund’s efforts across the state. Dan brings uncommon perspectives to integrating conservation and economic objectives, based upon his extensive experiences problem solving on land transactions from non-profit, landowner, and socially responsible private investment perspectives.

At the Fund, in addition to his Wyoming work, Dan supports acquisition work across the country through service on the Fund’s Conservation Acquisition Committee. In the 1990s, Dan directed and executed land protection efforts in Wyoming for the non-profit Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Prior to joining the Fund in 2016, Dan founded Conservation Solutions, which worked across the Northern Rockies and in Hawaii, and which he led and managed for 19 years. With dual bottom-line goals, Conservation Solutions collaborated closely and cooperatively with landowners, utilized its private investment capital to make land investments, and crafted creative value-add conservation solutions to achieve the double benefit of land conservation and economic return objectives.

Dan has completed in excess of $150 million in land conservation transactions and has raised tens of millions of dollars in private investment and public funds in helping to conserve multiple tens of thousands of acres of critical lands across a wide variety of landscapes, including working ranches, sustainable working forests, sensitive river frontage, public parks, scenic viewsheds, critical wildlife habitat, and historic battlefields. This breadth of varied experience helps inform Dan’s problem solving approach in advancing conservation in an economically responsible manner.

Dan holds an M.S. in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana School of Forestry, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Dan enjoys river and mountain adventures with family and friends, and cherishes the meaningful memories and reflections that they forever create.

Contact: dschlager@conservationfund.org   Phone: (303) 777-3511 Office: Wyoming

Projects

Blending History and Recreation at Rim Rock

Blending History and Recreation at Rim Rock

For more than 150 years, the location of the Battle of Red Buttes, a significant battle in the Indian...
Thomas Trust Lands

Thomas Trust Lands

Working ranches not only play an important role in the culture and economy of the Western United States, they...
Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Luke Lynch Wildlife Habitat Management Area

Imagine 4,000 – 5,000 mule deer traversing the same 150 mile corridor twice each year during their spring and...
Upper Green River Valley Initiative

Upper Green River Valley Initiative

The Conservation Fund and a host of partners launched the Upper Green River Valley Initiative in 2008 to conserve...
The "Path Of The Pronghorn" In Wyoming

The "Path Of The Pronghorn" In Wyoming

Each spring and fall, hundreds of pronghorn antelope migrate between their summer habitat in Grand Teton National Park to...
Supporting the Sage Grouse and Family Ranches in the West

Supporting the Sage Grouse and Family Ranches in the West

The greater sage grouse requires wide open spaces for its survival. In recent years, the sage grouse’s habitat has...
North Platte River

North Platte River

As part of an effort to provide additional recreational access along the North Platte River in southeastern Wyoming, The...
MJ Ranch

MJ Ranch

The Conservation Fund led the effort, in collaboration with several public and private partners, to complete conservation easements in...
Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, WY

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, WY

Land conservation successes near and within Grand Teton National Park are improving wildlife habitat and visitor experiences in Jackson...
Greater Yellowstone Area

Greater Yellowstone Area

Larger than the state of West Virginia, the Greater Yellowstone Area stretches 18 million acres across Wyoming, Montana and...
Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project

Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project

The Gooseberry Creek Conservation Project is among the first large-scale, watershed-based voluntary conservation initiatives in Wyoming and the Greater...
Fish Creek Flying W Ranches

Fish Creek Flying W Ranches

The Fund worked with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on a land conservation agreement that secures key wildlife...
Cottonwood Ranches

Cottonwood Ranches

In west central Wyoming, the 75,000-acre Cottonwood Ranches owned by cattle rancher Freddie Botur have sustained his family’s way...
Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

Former Carney Ranch (CRC Ranch)

Carney Ranch forms the most important piece of the Path of the Pronghorn’s “Funnel Bottleneck” for pronghorn antelope migrating...
Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest

From peaks towering more than 10,000 feet to low-lying grasslands and wetlands, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is a place...
Budd Ranches, Inc.

Budd Ranches, Inc.

The Fund helped with the conservation and expansion of one of the oldest operating ranches held by one family...
Bridger-Teton National Forest

Bridger-Teton National Forest

The Bridger-Teton National Forest, just southeast of Jackson, Wyoming, encompasses an astounding 3.4 million acres of land.  The jagged...