Pyle, Robert Michael

Pyle, Robert Michael

Robert Michael Pyle was born and raised in Colorado but for thirty-three years has lived along, studied, and written about southwest Washington State, with his wife, artist and botanist Thea Linnaea Pyle. He taught at a couple dozen Summits from the early 1970’s to 1998, and again in 2011. He has worked as Ranger-Naturalist for Sequoia National Park, Lepidoptera conservation consultant in Papua New Guinea, Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy, and co-manager of the Species Conservation Monitoring Center of the World Wildlife Fund and IUCN in Cambridge, U.K. In 1971, he founded the international Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and later chaired its Monarch Project.

For thirty years, Pyle has been an independent, full-time biologist, writer, teacher, and speaker. He has published over five hundred articles, essays, papers, stories, and poems His sixteen books include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, Sky Time in Gray’s River, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year; as well as The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, The Butterflies of Cascadia, and several other standard butterfly works. They have been awarded the John Burroughs Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, three Governor’s Writer’s Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature, and have been runner-up for the Orion, Green, PNBA, and Washington Book Awards.

Pyle’s popular essay-column, “The Tangled Bank,” appeared in fifty-two consecutive issues of Orion Magazine and Orion Afield, and has recently come out in book form from Oregon State University Press as The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion. A Colorado novel, Magdalena Mountain, is on deck, along with collections of poems, stories, and selected essays, and several scientific papers on monarchs and other butterflies.

Bob Pyle has taught writing and natural history seminars for many conferences, institutes, and colleges around the world, and presented hundreds of invited lectures and keynote addresses. In recent years he has served as Visiting Professor of Environmental Writing at Utah State University; as Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana; and as place-based writing instructor from Alabama to Alaska, Tajikistan to Tasmania, and beyond.

Named Distinguished Alumnus by the forestry schools of both the University of Washington and Yale University, Pyle also received a Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology. For thirty-three years he has lived along, studied, and written about Gray’s River, a tributary of the Lower Columbia River, in the Willapa Hills of southwest Washington. He and his wife, weaver and botanist Thea Linnaea Pyle, have four grandchildren.

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Piche, Monica

Monica Piche has been to six summits. She is a Master hair stylist and is self employed. She is a terrific mother and loves almost everything outdoorsy. This year she will be in charge of the service project.

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Mills, Lynda

Lynda Mills is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Mark Twain National Forest. She has worked for the Forest Service for 20 years and has expertise in fire ecosystems, timber management for wildlife, red-headed woodpecker recovery, and Indiana bat recovery.

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McMurphy, Danny

Danny McMurphy is a life long resident of Sullivan, Missouri where he has raised 4 children, two sons and two daughters, and has 4 grandchildren. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – St. Louis District in 2009 and has since become a volunteer addict. He volunteers by doing trail work with the Ozark Trail Association, where he is a Life Member, works on trails in Missouri Conservation Areas, several local Missouri State Parks, and the Shaw Nature Reserve. He also joined the Missouri Master Naturalist program after retirement and has donated over 1,800 hours on many different projects since becoming a Master Naturalist. He currently serves as President of the local chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists. Danny is a 58 year veteran of the BSA and an Eagle Scout. He was the hiking coordinator for our FNS in 2011 at Trout Lodge in Missouri and has been a hike leader for the FNS 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Summits. He has degrees in Geology and Engineering Management from the U. of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S & T). Danny is working his 6th summer as a seasonal naturalist/interpreter in Meramec State Park in Missouri. He is really looking forward to hike leading in New Mexico as he has taken Scouts on several 10 day backing trips to the nearby Philmont Scout Ranch and has volunteered there on several occasions. His wife Linda will be along for her 5th Summit His son Shannon and family will also be attending the Summit. Danny has been on the FNS board for the past three years.

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Mahfood, Stephen

Stephen Mahfood has a 35 year track record as an innovative administrator and leader in the environmental, energy and natural resource fields. Steve was appointed by three successive governors over a 7 year period as Cabinet Secretary to lead the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and in that role was responsible for managing the environmental, energy, geological, cultural and historic resources of the state. He also represented Missouri and the US in a number of prominent roles including chairing the NAFTA-US Governmental Environmental Advisory Commission, serving on the EPA’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) for 13 years.

He received the “United States Presidential Environmental Achievement Award” in 1997. Steve currently is advising the Nature Conservancy and many influential organizations on climate change, energy, environmental, natural resource and carbon management issues. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Yale University Environmental and Management Leadership Program.

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Lenz, Chris

Chris Lenz is a full time human resources manager and part time firefighter-EMT from Northern Illinois who loves the outdoors. He and his family have attended 15 summits in the last 18 years and he has been active as a volunteer for the summits since 2003. This will be his 8th year working with the hike program both as an assistant and leader. He has led hikes at Silver Bay, Mt. Hood, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Ozarks and Lake Tahoe. His family operates a 1200 acre grain and beef farm west of Chicago. He and his family are the product of Summit experiences, learning about the environment, and bringing that knowledge back to the farm.

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Lampright, Bruce

Bruce Lampright currently serves as the Naturalist for Brays Island Plantation in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Bruce has lived in coastal South Carolina for the past four decades. After graduating from the University of South Carolina (with a degree in Marine Science) he conducted research at USC’s Baruch Marine Lab and served as Education Coordinator for the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, both near Georgetown, SC. Lampright has also served as the Director of USC-Beaufort’s Coastal Zone Education Center in Bluffton and is a founding member and former President of the South Carolina Marine Educator’s Association. In 1999 Bruce and two others started the SC Master Naturalist Program, now administered by Clemson University with programs throughout the Palmetto State. Lampright is a Master Gardener and has been involved in environmental education for over 35 years and was the 2004 recipient of the South Carolina Marine Educator of the Year Award. He is also one of the first to be certified in South Carolina to legally pick mushrooms for resale. This will be his 13th Summit as a faculty member.

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Lackey, Carl

Carl Lackey is a wildlife biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1990 obtaining a degree in renewable natural resources with an emphasis on wildlife management. He has been with the Nevada Department of Wildlife since 1993. From 1996 to present he has been the predator and furbearer biologist for the western Nevada region, and has conducted research on black bears and mountain lions in their geographic range in this part of the state. He is a member of several sportsmen’s conservation organizations involved with augmenting numerous species of wildlife in the state and conducting habitat improvement projects. Carl is married with two sons and they enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and hiking together.

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Krebs, Leslie

Leslie Krebs is originally from St Louis. She has both of her degrees from the University of Iowa; Elementary Education, (Science), Outdoor Recreation and a Masters in Science Education. Her teaching in environmental education has taken her to Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Iowa, and Ohio. These have included work with the Girl Scouts, National Park Service, and other fine non-profits over the years. She enjoys working with all ages in the outdoors and is pleased to be teaching at her twenty-ninth Summit.

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Krasinsky, Marla

Marla Krasinsky is a former teacher, an avid reader and an enthusiastic Summiteer. She began her Summit experiences at Big Sky, Montana when she and her husband, Arthur, brought their grandson, Dean Kullmann, for a grandchild trip. They were so excited about the summit that the next summer they brought the Kullmann family to Maine. Then they added their son’s family. All love sharing these summer experiences with friends they’ve made through the years. Marla is looking forward to leading the book group this summer.

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