Dan Smitherman currently serves as the Wyoming Representative for The Wilderness Society in the Northern Rockies region. Previous to this assignment he was with Citizens for the Wyoming range as an outreach coordinator. His diverse group worked with other conservation groups including The Wilderness Society and Wyoming Outdoor Council to purchase and retire over 58,000 acres of existing oil and gas leases located in the upper Hoback River drainage. Dan also was a member of Citizens Protecting the Wyoming Range and worked on the campaign that successfully passed the Wyoming Range Legacy Act which protects 1.2 million acres of the Bridger-Teton from energy development. Additionally, Dan has also worked extensively with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as a committee chairman and State PAC Board member. He is a retired Marine Corps Officer and former outfitter and wilderness guide in the Wyoming Range, Bridger, Teton and Gros Ventre Wilderness areas. Dan is also on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Equality State Policy Center.
Dan was born in Alabama to a family with strong agricultural and education roots. His father’s side were mostly famers and his mother’s side educators. Consequently, he says he developed an appreciation for the land with an intellectual interest. He has a BS degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a graduate of the Collaboration Program in Natural Resources, at the Ruckelshaus Institute, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming.
Dan first came to Wyoming in 1984 and immediately fell in love with the state. Relocating here permanently after a second career in international marketing and project management in 2005, he moved to Bondurant the following year to be closer to his horses and the mountains he loves where he and his wife Sharon live with 7 horses, and a dog.
“Wilderness, public land, wildlife and protecting the environment are not political issues but quality of life issues. We owe it to generations that follow to have the opportunities we experience. To me, the mountains are a part of me, a spiritual connection that I need to exist.”