Eric Melson serves IMBA chapters and members in the dual role of Advocacy Manager and Assistant Region Director for the Pacific Northwest Region of the United States. Melson is based in Missoula, MT and acts as a resource and coach for member advocates working on a wide variety of issues that affect the management of mountain bicycling on western public lands. Eric is focused on working collaboratively between the recreation and conservation communities to protect critical areas yet provide access for sustainable, human-powered, quiet forms of recreation.
For the last decade Eric worked as the Program Director for the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, a non-profit Wilderness stewardship partner to the US Forest Service helping to train and lead volunteers stewardship projects in Idaho and Montana. He sits on the board for the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and has deep roots in both the Wilderness community and the mountain West. Eric worked as a seasonal ranger and trail crew foreman while earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University.
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