Debi Strong

Vital Ground Trustee since October 2011
Debi Strong

Debi has an eclectic background that ranges from forensic law enforcement to environmental education. Raised in New York City but seeking wilder places, she left for Colorado in 1972 where she received her B.A. in Environmental Biology and B.S. in Reportorial Journalism from the University of Colorado. Debi has worked for the National Park Service in Rocky Mountain National Park (as their first female law enforcement ranger), wrote a syndicated environmental column for five years, and has written two published editions of a reference book on recycling. Debi has served on the boards of The Glacier Institute in Kalispell, Montana, We Recycle in Vail, Colorado, Trout Unlimited in Boulder, Colorado, and founded the Douglas County Women’s Crisis Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. Having had an abiding interest in bears for over three decades, she has volunteered with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, working in the field with a Grizzly bear biologist. Debi has been actively involved in environmental and conservation issues for over 40 years, and is deeply committed to preserving grizzly bear habitat for the good of all species. She hikes throughout the year in bear country, and lives in Bigfork, Montana with her husband, Rich, and daughter, Xiaoxiao.