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Michael P. Dombeck
Chief Emeritus, U.S Forest Service and Director of the Smith Post Doctoral Fellowship in Conservation Biology
Dr. Michael P. Dombeck, one of the most renowned and respected contemporary conservationists, having dedicated a quarter of a century to managing federal lands and natural resources in the long-term public interest, joined The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread Board of Trustees in October 2002. His leadership as Director of the Bureau of Land Management and Chief of the Forest Service impacted nearly 500 million acres. He is the only person to have led the nation's two largest land management agencies.
As the capstone to his life-long public service career, Dr. Dombeck was granted the highest award in federal service, the Presidential Rank - Distinguished Executive Award. He is also the recipient of the Audubon Medal and the Lady Bird Johnson Conservation Award. He has authored, co-authored, and edited over 200 popular and scholarly publications, including the book Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices, From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Lands Legacy and most recently the book The Business of the Conservation Nonprofit. Dr. Dombeck is also a former University of Wisconsin System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.