The Utah Wildlife Federation is a 501c3 affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation. UWF works to conserve wildlife and its habitats; protect public access to outdoor recreation, hunting, and angling; and promote education, and conservation opportunities on American public lands and waters, now and for future generations.
Nikki received a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Utah State University. Her nonprofit experience comes from her tenure at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Ga, where she served as Curator of Science and Education. She also previously worked as the Education and Outreach Director at HawkWatch International. She is thrilled to be a part of HawkWatch International and the important work that they do.
In her free time, Nikki enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and spending time with her family.
UWF BOARD CHAIR
A Utah native, Brett has spent his life enjoying the amazing landscapes and ample wildlife of the state. He has spent his career working to educate the public about wildlife issues, spending 25 years as the outdoors/environment editor at the Salt Lake Tribune, and now as a communications director for Trout Unlimited. Brett is the author of Fishing Utah, among other titles, and collected two Emmy Awards for his work with the Utah Bucket List television program. He has been a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1992 and is a past president of the organization. Brett currently serves as chair of the executive board for Reel Recovery, a national nonprofit providing free fly-fishing retreats for men with cancer. He also serves on the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation advisory committee. Brett lives in Salt Lake with his wife and three children.
Lindsey Davis is an advocate, writer and ecologist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, the nation’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and businesses. In addition to the UWF, she serves on the board of advisors for the Outdoor Alliance, a non-profit that protects public lands and the human-powered recreation experience, as well as the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation advisory committee. Lindsey is passionate about uniting different recreation user groups around issues of access, wildlife management, and habitat protection. In her off time, you can find her working in her backyard garden, wrangling her bird dog, and scouting for hunting season.
Bill spent, or misspent, his youth on the historic Stewart-Hewlett Ranch in Wasatch County. Starting the first Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) chapter in Utah in 1987, he went on to a 30-year career with RMEF, first as Field Director and retiring as the Utah Regional Director. Some milestones were receiving the Governor’s Award for Critical Land Conservation; Founding member of the Utah Habitat Council and founding member of the Utah Hunting and Fishing Legislative Caucus. He serves on the Board of the Utah Freedom Hunt, a non-profit Veteran’s organization. He currently serves on the Utah Wildlife-Agriculture Committee and volunteers for RMEF and Trout Unlimited. A strong proponent of the North American Wildlife Management Model, he fishes and hunts with his kids and grandkids as much as possible.
UWF BOARD TREASURER
Chad J. Utley is a Utah native who lives in St. George. Chad has been a practicing attorney in St. George since 1996. Chad is an avid fly-fisherman and amateur astronomer. He is a board member and vice-president of the Southern Utah Anglers Association. In addition, Chad currently serves on the Southern Utah Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Chad is currently a Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore and has been appointed by the Utah Supreme Court to serve on the Utah Ethics and Disciplinary Committee for the Utah State Bar, where he served for two terms. Chad is a past president and board member of the Southern Utah Bar Association. He loves spending time with his family, especially if that time is spent fly-fishing with his children and grandchildren
Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator
Isobel works as the Utah Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator. In this role, Isobel convenes and facilitates a wildlife connectivity working group comprised of representatives from organizations and state agencies, and partners with the Board to help build a foundation for the Utah Wildlife Federation to achieve long-term organizational success.
Isobel graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s in Urban Ecology in 2016 while working for Utah Diné Bikéyah, a Native American land conservation group. She graduated with her Masters in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and has continued to work for wild and cultural landscapes. Isobel focuses on how to promote the economic, social, and ecological health of places held dear; believing one cannot thrive without the other.
National Wildlife Federation
NWF Affiliate Representative
Program Partner, Utah Wildlife Walls
Chris Peterson Studio LLC
Utah Wildlife Migration Working Group
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Our Partners & Sponsors
National Wildlife Federation
Utah Department of Natural Resources
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Utah State Parks*
Utah Department of Community & Cultural Engagement
Utah Division of Arts and Museums
Utah Stem Action Center
Natural History Museum of Utah
The Nature Conservancy
Utah Nature Conservancy
Utah Office of Tourism
Utah Outdoor Association
Fish for Garbage
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Utah Cutthroat Slam
Chris Peterson Studio
Spinner Fall Guides
Fishheads Fly Shop
Hansen Sisters Foundation
The Neighborhood Hive
The Gem Theater in Panguitch
Sugarhouse Community Council