Linda Poole

Working Lands Program Director

Malta, Montana

As working lands program director for the Western Landowners Alliance, Linda is responsible for the implementation and coordination of initiatives to support on-the-ground stewardship, public policy and economics of working lands. Prior to joining WLA, Linda worked with nonprofits (The Nature Conservancy, NCAT Soil for Water), agencies (Washington Department of Wildlife), research institutions (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oregon State University) and landowner-led groups (Ranchers Stewardship Alliance) to advance practices beneficial to the lands, water, wildlife, people and resource-based economies of the West.

Linda grew up horse-crazy and wildlife-obsessed on her family’s cattle ranch in north-central Washington. She holds Bachelors (Environmental Science, The Evergreen State College) and Masters (Wildlife Science, Oregon State University) degrees. Still wildlife-obsessed but now sheep-crazy, Linda and her border collies and livestock guardian dogs care for colored finewool sheep, laying hens and sometimes cattle on a prairie homestead south of Malta, Montana.

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