Conservation financier Story Clark talks about why conservation is important even during economic downturns and how she works to find innovative ways to finance the continued existence of open spaces.
Story Clark is a consultant, lecturer and author specializing in conservation finance. Her clients include land conservation organizations, foundations, municipalities, and individuals. She is the lead organizer and lecturer for conservation finance “boot camps” at Yale and Stanford universities, which offer intensive training to practitioners and graduate students in conservation finance techniques.
Ms. Clark also teaches at the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities graduate program, and is a frequent lecturer and speaker at conservation conferences.
Currently, Ms. Clark is writing the second volume of A Field Guide To Conservation Finance (Island Press 2007) and developing a conservation phone application and a conservation investment fund, among other projects.
Ms. Clark’s clients have included the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Jefferson Land Trust, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. She previously worked for the Jackson Hole Land Trust, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, and as a planner for Teton County, Wyoming. She is a recipient of the National Park Foundation’s Citizen Leadership medal for continued leadership in the preservation and protection of America’s scenic and historic heritage.
Ms. Clark’s current board/advisory board service include: Conservation International, American Conservation Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust, Jackson Hole Energy Sustainability Project, and the Environment And Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming. Ms. Clark lives with her husband and two daughters on their family’s cattle ranch in Wyoming.
She sat down with Wyoming Chronicle host Dina Mishev to chat about why conservation matters, what conservation means (it’s not tree hugging and closing land off to human use), and why Wyoming is one of the most conservation-minded states in the country, even if Wyomingites often think “conservationist” is a bad word.