Matt Hart Joins Vital Ground as Staff Conservation Writer
If you’ve been reading Vital News over the last year, you’ve probably seen Matt Hart’s name atop project updates and news releases. You may have even seen him in person, scribbling notes at the back of a Vital Ground event or running and skiing the trails around Missoula. After a successful stint as a communications intern, we’re now excited to have Matt join the Vital Ground team as a full-fledged staff member.
Matt moved to Missoula for graduate school, completing a master’s degree in Evironmental Studies at the University of Montana in May 2017. He first found Vital Ground as a member of the Wyss Foundation’s Conservation Scholars Program, an educational initiative that supports graduate students pursuing careers as conservation leaders in the American West. Now, as Vital Ground’s staff conservation writer, he will continue to write for Vital News and the website while pursuing opportunities to tell Vital Ground’s story to new audiences. He’ll also contribute to our development efforts, writing grant proposals and helping cultivate relationships with the foundations and individuals who make Vital Ground’s work possible.
Matt grew up in Western Massachusetts, exploring the woods and lakes of New England and Upstate New York. He started his westward migration by attending Carleton College in Minnesota, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English in 2011. But it was the Rockies and not the Land of 10,000 Lakes that hooked him, as he spent his college summers and several seasons after working as a backcountry ranger and outdoor educator at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.