Greg Walcher

Greg Walcher is one of the most recognized and respected national leaders in natural resources policy.

He is Founder and President of the Natural Resources Group, a nationwide ad-hoc coalition of consultants with natural resources expertise. He is also a partner in the global public affairs firm, The Stillwell Group, a senior advisor to the respected environmental permitting firm of Dawson and Associates, and a senior fellow at the American Tradition Institute. He brings to his clients a lifetime of experience, institutional knowledge, contacts, and advocacy on natural resources and environmental policy and issues. He specializes in issues related to endangered species, wildlife, energy, water, forest management, public lands, agriculture, and private property rights.

Walcher served in the Governor’s Cabinet, leading the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, a department of 2500 employees, 8 divisions, 14 boards and commissions, and a $180 million budget. Its jurisdiction includes wildlife, parks, water, forestry, public lands, oil and gas, minerals and geology. His colleagues elected him president of the national organization of natural resources and environment cabinet secretaries, and he has been a nationwide leader in conservation policy debates. Leveraging a decade of Capitol Hill experience with Senator Bill Armstrong, Walcher spent ten years as President and CEO of Club 20, a non-partisan, non-profit association of 20 counties, 75 cities, dozens of non-profits, and hundreds of businesses and individuals serving the interests of Western Colorado – a region larger than most states. The group’s budget and membership tripled during Walcher’s tenure through activism on important regional issues: energy, water, forest health, tourism, transportation, telecommunications, public lands, and endangered species. He also served on the national policy committee for the American Society of Association Executives, and on the board of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

In 2004, Walcher was the Republican nominee for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd District, a race that attracted national media attention as the top targeted House race in America (over $8 million). He won a hotly-contested five-way primary and shattered previous Colorado records for congressional fund raising and organization. Despite Colorado’s radical shift from red to blue that year, Walcher still came within 2 points of victory. He is an entertaining and popular speaker, with frequent appearances in the State and around the country. He is the author of Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back, published in April, 2013. His blog, “R

We Must All Sacrifice for the Environment

 

Have we become a society of people who want to regulate others, but not ourselves? We laugh at those who object to some policy that seemed perfectly OK, when they thought it only applied to others. We make fun of Al Gore proposing the end of fossil fuels, while jetting around the world in his […]

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Oh, the Humanity!

 

How we long for the good old days! That is the tone of some environmental industry leaders who are screaming bloody murder (literally, not figuratively) about the Interior Department’s interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. One writer carped that “cruelty without consequence” is “the heart of the Trump era.” The new rule, she wrote, […]

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A Panacea or a Death Sentence?

 

This summer the Administration published its much-anticipated plan to modify enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The most powerful environmental law ever enacted, it was signed into law 45 years ago and has steadily become more powerful and intrusive. Decades of controversy have ensued about whether limiting human activity is justified, and there have […]

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Who’s Fish Is It? Who’s in Charge Here?

 

Restaurant owners may know that open-faced sandwiches are regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services. But if a second piece of bread is added on top, it is regulated by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s because the USDA has a very specific definition […]

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The Energy Debate Cloaked in Many Colors

 

One of the most instructive Old Testament stories recounts the wisdom of Joseph in Egypt, after his interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams, predicting years of drought and famine. Around 1490 BC, Joseph was made Regent (chief administrator) and ordered grain stored for the coming seven-year drought. He thus turned a bountiful harvest that might otherwise have […]

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My Kingdom for a Razorback Sucker

 

On the classic game show, Let’s Make a Deal, the host Monte Hall walked down the aisle offering ridiculous amounts of cash for people to produce obscure items from their pockets — $500 for a skeleton key, for example. Cash is a powerful incentive, so people always showed up with pockets full of obscure items. […]

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Who Needs Congress Anyway?

 

What if I were to suggest turning all of New York into a national monument? OK, maybe we would exclude the gigantic city, but the rest of that beautiful state could be our newest national monument. You might instinctively see a couple major problems with my idea. There are other cities and towns in the […]

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Captain Obvious Strikes Again

 

Since President Trump reduced the size of a couple national monuments in Utah, the chorus of critics has grown increasingly shrill, moving from press conferences expressing outrage, to lawsuits demanding reversal. Now the nation’s largest newspaper (the one back East) has uncovered what it considers one of the nation’s most embarrassing scandals — there are […]

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Because I Said So!

 

A federal judge has ruled that the government must consider reducing mining in America’s top coal-producing region, to fight climate change. Moreover, he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to work with the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, and four other environmental industry groups, to write a new management plan for the region. […]

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Congress: We’re Still Thinking About It

 

Asking the boss for a decision can sometimes be frustrating, especially if the answer is “Let me think about it.” OK, you can come back tomorrow, but if you get the same answer day after day, month after month, year after year, you might eventually conclude that he doesn’t want to make a decision. That […]

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