I am thrilled to be joining the Defenders of Wildlife team and returning to one of my greatest passions, working on wildlife issues. Throughout my career, I have strived to blend science and policy to support the greatest conservation gains for wildlife, important habitatand public lands, and I will continue to do so in this new role. Defenders’ commitment to conservation biology is inspiring to me, and I am honored to serve as the Alaska program director.
Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska program director
I am excited to welcome Nicole Whittington-Evans to our Alaska field office and Defenders of Wildlife. Her knowledge of Alaska’s wildlife and wildlands is unmatched, and it will be critical as we continue our efforts to protect irreplaceable wildlife refuges, preserves and other key habitats across Alaska.
Shawn Cantrell, vice president of Field Conservation Programs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska,
08
January
2019
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10:15 PM
America/New_York

For Immediate Release

Defenders of Wildlife Announces Nicole Whittington-Evans as Alaska Program Director

Nicole Whittington-Evans joined Defenders of Wildlife as the Alaska program director. Most recently, she was the Alaska director for The Wilderness Society for over eight years, boasting over twenty years of wildlife conservation experience.

Shawn Cantrell, vice president of Field Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement:

“I am excited to welcome Nicole Whittington-Evans to our Alaska field office and Defenders of Wildlife. Her knowledge of Alaska’s wildlife and wildlands is unmatched, and it will be critical as we continue our efforts to protect irreplaceable wildlife refuges, preserves and other key habitats across Alaska.”

Nicole Whittington-Evans, Alaska program director at Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement:

“I am thrilled to be joining the Defenders of Wildlife team and returning to one of my greatest passions, working on wildlife issues. Throughout my career, I have strived to blend science and policy to support the greatest conservation gains for wildlife, important habitat and public lands, and I will continue to do so in this new role. Defenders’ commitment to conservation biology is inspiring to me, and I am honored to serve as the Alaska program director.”

Background:

Nicole Whittington-Evans started her environmental career studying and working on wildlife issues. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she focused on Alaska’s predator control efforts. During the 1990s, she was the executive director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and was elected and invited to participate in a number of wildlife stakeholder groups, including an appointment to Alaska’s Board of Game by then-Governor Tony Knowles. For the past 21 years, she worked on public lands and wilderness issues at The Wilderness Society and served as the Alaska director for the organization for the past eight years.

Whittington-Evan’s interest in environmental work began when she was an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and she has traveled throughout much of Alaska’s backcountry by foot, ski, raft and kayak. She was part of successful summit teams on Denali (20,320’) twice, including participating in the first all-women’s traverse of the mountain in 1988, and on Argentina’s Aconcagua (23,000’) once. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, where she continues to recreate and enjoy wildlife with her family in Alaska’s unmatched wild country.

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