Our Staff

Steve Belinda, Executive Director

In addition to his role as Executive Director, Steve is president of Beartooth Strategies LLC, an environmental consulting firm that specializes in conservation policy, land use planning, public land management, mitigation, and responsible energy development.  Previously, Steve was the director of the Center for Responsible Energy Development for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) and also served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the TRCP. Steve worked for 16 years for the BLM and Forest Service as a wildlife biologist in Wyoming, New Mexico, and Oregon.  He earned a B. S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.  Steve is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a fellow of The Wildlife Society and a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. Steve is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has passions for chasing upland birds,  archery elk hunting and fly-fishing.  Steve, family, and dogs reside in Red Lodge, MT can be found exploring the wonders of the great outdoors as much as time allows.


Terry Riley, PhD, Director of Policy

Terry is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, hunter, angler, private pilot, and amateur vintner. Terry served in the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, including a year in Vietnam.  He is semi-retired, but his wife Nancy, also a wildlife biologist, and he own a consulting business and he collaborates with scientists at Colorado State University on research projects.  Previous work includes coordinator for the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, vice-president of policy for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, board member of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation and the North American Grouse Partnership, conservation director and Midwest field representative for the Wildlife Management Institute, upland wildlife research biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service.  Terry has a Bachelor’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University, a Master’s degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University (where he studied the ecology of lesser prairie-chickens), and a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Zoology from The Ohio State University, where he studied the ecology of wetland invertebrates and waterfowl.  Terry and Nancy live near Fort Collins, CO with their horses and dogs and have 3 adult children.