John has over 30 years experience in bear management, bear research, bear-human conflict prevention, and bear safety instruction. John has worked extensively on bears in Arctic and Interior Alaska with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. John, a founding member of a non-profit Safety in Bear Country Society, co-wrote and produced a series of four training videos: Staying Safe in Bear Country, Working in Bear Country, Living in Bear Country and Polar Bears: A Guide to Safety. John served 6 years on the governing Council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management, the worldwide professional organization of bear experts. Since retiring from Fish and Game, he is continuing his work on bear safety and conflicts prevention as a consultant to industry, government and non-profits.
Vital Ground Trustee since November 2014