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

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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Put Down That Sandwich!

 

John Montagu was a prominent 18th century nobleman, serving as England’s Postmaster General, Northern Secretary of State, and First Lord of the Admiralty. He financed Captain James Cook’s explorations of the Pacific, was an early supporter of professional cricket leagues, and a great patron of the arts, whose scandalous affair with an opera singer led […]

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Disaster Relief Homesteading

 

Geologists at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources warn that an imminent landslide threatens the homes of about 70 people along a sliver of land called Rattlesnake Ridge. Residents have been offered five paid weeks at a hotel, and most have taken it. They’re still returning home every few days to take care of […]

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Exploring the Great Blue Frontier

 

There was a time when people unhappy with their government, and no longer able to tolerate the situation, would simply go somewhere else, and set up their own new communities. That is largely the story of the western frontier, but it is no longer an option — or is it? Today, nearly all the world’s […]

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Can’t Win for Losing

 

If we continue to burn coal to generate electricity, we might destroy the Earth’s capacity to support life. If we switch to natural gas, then fracking might poison the water and set our faucets on fire. Biomass sounds good, but burning it also releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Hydroelectric power requires dams, which destroy […]

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Scott Pruitt: No More Basting the Gravy Train

 

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end a 20-year string of “sue and settle” cases that have funneled untold millions of tax dollars to environmental organizations. Predictably, those groups and their allies are apoplectic about it. Many of these groups have grown from grassroots citizen movements to gigantic cash-flush conglomerates, with much […]

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Anybody Else, But Not You

 

Imagine that you own a house on a one-acre lot. The neighboring lot is vacant, and zoning rules allow anybody to build a similar house on it. So you decide to buy it and build a house for your daughter so she can live closer. Sorry, not allowed. The zoning rule actually means that any […]

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Plowing New Ground on Old Issues

 

Last week Colorado Senator Michael Bennet proposed a soil conservation measure that would end a loophole, whereby taxpayers are again subsidizing the plowing of fragile grasslands that are highly susceptible to erosion. Good for him. He is right about the issue, and his proposal would help, but he made two mysterious tactical decisions. First, he […]

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Roasting Marshmallows, Not Forests

 

If you have fond memories of roasting marshmallows around the campfire, and making s’mores with the kids, you may be surprised to learn that you’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Fortunately, the U.S. Forest Service has finally published guidelines on the correct method for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. The government’s advice begins […]

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Guess Who Owns That

 

A Northern Virginia utility needed to cross a small parcel of private land near the Dulles Airport access road. Utilities contact property owners and negotiate such easements every day, but in this case county property records showed that the land was owned by the Federal Aviation Administration, which apparently owns the entire 28-mile length of […]

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