Areas of Expertise: Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, bison, black-footed ferrets, grizzly bears, prairie dogs, swift fox, wolverines, wolves.
Jonathan Proctor has more than 20 years of experience in wildlife and wilderness conservation. He began his career as a wilderness ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon and Montana before working for Predator Conservation Alliance in Montana and Colorado for eight years. He joined Defenders in 2005 to open a Southern Rockies and Great Plains field office in Denver. In 2008 he moved to our Missoula, Montana field office to manage Defenders’ programs to restore grizzly bears, bison, black-footed ferrets and other species to the Northern Rockies and Great Plains. In October 2013 Jonathan will move to back to Denver to open a new regional headquarters to expand Defenders’ presence throughout the entire Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and Pacific Northwest.
Jonathan is a founder and former coordinator of the Northern Plains Conservation Network, a coalition of conservation organizations and tribes working to restore of the region’s natural heritage. He is also a founder and advisory board member of the Prairie Dog Coalition, a project of the Humane Society of the United States. He is coauthor of Ocean of Grass, an ecoregion assessment on the Northern Great Plains, as well as four publications on prairie dogs. Jonathan received a B.A. in Geography from Wittenberg University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.