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Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff

Meg Morris, July 20,2015

It's been an exciting summer at the Rocky Mountain Regional Center. We are happy to welcome two new staff members who joined our team in the past months.

Former CO Parks & Wildlife Manger, Brian Kurzel

Brian Kurzel, a former senior manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a scientist with extensive policy and planning experience, has been named the new regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain office.

“I am thrilled to bring my passion for science and working with people together to help the Rocky Mountain Regional Center achieve its conservation and education goals,” said Kurzel.  “It is an honor to work alongside the great staff at NWF to continue to build the center’s conservation network.  Being a part of NWF’s mission to inspire people and protect wildlife is a role I accept with great excitement.”

He will oversee NWF’s work on defending access to public lands, sustaining fish and wildlife populations, promoting responsible energy development on public lands, connecting children and families to nature and partnering with tribal governments on projects, including the restoration of wild bison to their historic range. He joins NWF after about 10 years with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, where he was the policy and planning manager.

Before leading policy and planning for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kurzel was the agency’s natural areas coordinator and program manager, overseeing a statewide, science-driven natural resource conservation effort focused on species and habitat protection. He was also a scientific consultant for the Colorado State Forest Service, principal investigator for the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a science instructor at the university.

Aaron Kindle new Western Sportsmen's Campaign Manager 

We are thrilled to welcome Aaron Kindle to our team as the new Western Sportsmen's Campaign Manager.  Kindle will be focusing on public lands issues around the West and amplifying the voice of Western sportsmen within NWF. 

Aaron is lifelong westerner, originally from Wyoming, who possesses a deep appreciation for the west, its people and its wild country. He comes to National Wildlife Federation from Trout Unlimited where he worked on public lands issues for their Sportsmen’s Conservation Project for the past 41/2 years.

Aaron went to college in Gunnison, Colorado and received his M.S. from the University of Montana. He is an avid hunter, angler, boater and all around outdoor enthusiast. He lives with his wife and two children in Golden, CO.  Aaron focuses on sportsmen specific conservation efforts throughout the West including keeping public lands in public hands, responsible energy development and developing NWF’s sportsmen’s voice.