For anyone who knows Jon Marvel, the current executive director of the Western Watershed Project, it would seem inconceivable he would voluntarily relinquish his role as the primary advocate for the land protection organization. Since its founding twenty years, Marvel, who helped create the Project, has been the public face of one of the most tenacious, and at times, unpopular land conservation groups operating in the Western United States.
And yet Marvel has given formal word that he will be stepping down this year as chief executive officer once a suitable replacement has been identified and recruited. In his interview with the Keystone, the Hailey resident reflects on some of the accomplishments of WWP during his tenure, as well as a strong defense of using litigation as a primary tool to protect Idaho’s public lands. He also minces no words in his desire to end sheep farming in the West and the generous grazing subsidies offered to ranchers.
The video is about eight minutes long.