Mike Ford

Nevada and Southwest Director, Conservation Acquisition


Mike Ford 205x250Mike joined The Conservation Fund (the Fund) in 1999, after a 25-year career with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He continues today to serve as the Nevada and Southwest Director. He has been responsible for some of the Fund’s largest projects, including acquisition of the Kane and Two Mile Ranches that encompass nearly 100 miles of the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. The expansive inholding connects three national monuments, two national recreation areas, eight wilderness areas, and controls extensive inholdings and grazing permits across nearly 900,000 acres of federal land.

During his career with BLM he served as the Branch Chief in the National Land and Realty Division in Washington D.C., Deputy State Director in Nevada, District Manager in Albuquerque, NM, and Area Manager in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Mike also served (1991-93) as a Congressional Fellow and Legislative Assistance for U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) where he was responsible for public land and environmental issues.

Mike has played a leading role in the Fund's national mitigation efforts and with the Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program where he has protected over 30,000 acres around military installations in the West. Mike has served on numerous Boards and Committees at the local, state, and national level, including:

  • Clark County Nevada Desert Conservation Plan
  • Policy Analysis Center for Western Public Lands
  • NCBA National Environmental Stewardship Committee
  • USFWS Mexican Wolf Coexistence Council
  • SRM National Partnership Committee

Mike continues to work on a variety of issues developing effective land and resource management strategies that balance economic development and achieve conservation objectives. When not working you can generally find him on a golf course, near the beach, or watching his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers.

Contact: mford@conservationfund.org   Phone: 702-655-8167   Office: Southwest Regional Office

Projects

Ready Capital Preserves A Historic Nevada Ranch

Ready Capital Preserves A Historic Nevada Ranch

Jacks Valley Ranch is a little piece of Nevada history. Situated on the backside of Lake Tahoe in the...
Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Preserving Habitat While Maintaining Military Readiness—Camp Williams, Utah

Protecting valuable habitat that surrounds our military installations is vital to both our national security and the species that...
Zion National Park

Zion National Park

For three decades, Dallen and Karen Spendlove and their four children have been excellent stewards for their 2,400-acre ranch...
Washoe Valley

Washoe Valley

To date, the Fund has conserved more than 2,000 acres of open space and 3,200 acre-feet of surface and...
Topaz Relocation Center

Topaz Relocation Center

As part of the Japanese American Internment Camp Preservation Initiative, we protected 13 acres at the Topaz Relocation Center for the...
Tonto National Forest

Tonto National Forest

Cave Creek, only 25 miles north of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, is one of the few perennial streams...
Sand Ranch

Sand Ranch

Throughout the Southwest and Midwest, the lesser prairie-chicken’s population size and geographic range have dramatically diminished due to the...
Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Arizona’s Petrified Forest is famous for its expansive vistas—stark moon-like landscapes and the colorful eroding badlands of the Painted...
North Rim of the Grand Canyon

North Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s favorite destinations—more than five million people visit each year to take in...
Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat

Lesser Prairie-Chicken Habitat

The lesser prairie-chicken is commonly recognized for its feathered feet, stout build and mating behavior. Males perform a sequence...
Kern River, Utah

Kern River, Utah

Desert tortoises were once one of the West’s most abundant reptiles, but their populations have declined 90 percent since...
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

Located on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, the Parashant National Monument is a marvelous testament to the...
Gila National Forest

Gila National Forest

Significant portions of Animas Creek in the heart of Gila National Forest are now protected from potential development, thanks to an...
Clark County

Clark County

The Fund has undertaken several different conservation projects with the Bureau of Land Management in Clark County. Clark County Grazing...
Civil War Battlefield Conservation: New Mexico

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: New Mexico

Glorieta Pass  In March 1862, while Confederates from Texas battled a combined force of U. S. Regulars and volunteers from...
A Bright Future for the Desert Tortoise

A Bright Future for the Desert Tortoise

If you’ve never seen a desert tortoise, you’re not alone. This extremely elusive creature spends 95 percent of its...