The Emerging Conservationist Award
Casey Ryan - 2020
Casey Ryan is Bitterroot Salish, and belongs to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. Casey grew up in Missoula, Montana, within the Tribes’ aboriginal territories. He attended the University of Montana and received a B.S. in Geography with honors, and a M.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in hydrology and watershed management. He is also a former Institute on Ecosystems Fellow and Sloan Research Fellowship alumnus. Prior to accepting a position with the CSKT, Casey began his hydrology career with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service.
Casey currently serves as a hydrologist and Compact Resources Officer for the CSKT Natural Resources Department, where he works to preserve and protect the Tribes’ water resources and implement the CSKT water rights settlement. He enjoys the opportunity to work with the talented staff of the CSKT Natural Resources Department as well as various Tribal, state, federal, and private partners.
In his spare time, Casey enjoys volunteering and being an active member of the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Swan Valley Connections, and as a Council Member with the Missoula City-County Water Quality Advisory Council.
Outside of his professional life, Casey enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the backcountry, and preserving and perpetuating his cultural heritage.
By Casey Ryan