KAREN COULTER has been an activist since 1980. Karen has worked for the American Service Committee, Citizen’s Alert Against the MX Missile, and with Greenpeace International as a campaigner on acid rain and ozone depletion. Karen has worked with a variety of anti-nuclear war and grassroots environmental groups. She co-founded Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project with League of Wilderness Defenders (LOWD) in 1991.

PAULA HOOD is the Co-Director of Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project along with Karen Coulter. Paula has spent over a decade working on behalf of forests and wildlands in Oregon. Paula received her master’s degree in environmental science from Portland State University, with a focus on streams in forested ecosystems. Her thesis research investigated the effects of forest thinning on stream sediment loading and macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Clackamas River Basin in Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon.

SHANNON WILSON has been on the LOWD Board since 1997 and is the current Co-Director of Ecosystem Advocates NW, a project under LOWD, which he founded in 2001. He has worked as an endangered species surveyor for the U.S. Forest Service and BLM from 1990 to 1994 and currently performs wildlife surveys for the Warner Creek Co. Shannon has an A.S. degree in Forest Management as well as an A.S. degree in Energy Management.

MAX BEEKEN is the Co-Director of Coast Range Forest Watch, a Coos County-based community science and public advocacy project involved in the management of state-managed public forestland. Max graduated from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology near Coos Bay with a B.S. in Marine Biology. His work experience as a field biologist has taken him from Oregon’s south coast to the Bering Sea, the mountains of Idaho and into many of Oregon’s public forestlands.

VENUS KILLEN is the Co-Director of the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team Support Network, a project under LOWD. She has a B.A. from the University of Oregon Environmental Studies program. She has worked with Oregon forest defense organizations since 2000. She resides in Portland most of the year when she is not in the field performing wildlife surveys.

ALEX GLOSTER is a dedicated environmental activist, and conducts canopy surveys and volunteer trainings for the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST). She also volunteers for Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project doing timber sale surveys and coordinating other volunteers during the field season. Alex has spent the past several winters in Montana working to protect buffalo at the Buffalo Field Campaign.