Patrick Cross, Executive Director
One of Patrick’s earliest memories is from the Beartooths, when his mom scooped him up and ran from what may have been a bear (but was more likely just a big brown stump). Those family hikes, and later Boy Scout camp outs and adventures with Billings high school buddies, helped instill his interest in nature and conservation, along with the goal of finding a “dream job” in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. After more than a decade at an ecology research nonprofit, during which time he studied foxes on the Beartooth Plateau for his master’s thesis, he joined the ABWF in 2020. Now in this latest “dream job”, he is excited to not just be working in the A-B Wilderness, but to be working for the A-B as well.
Ben Daley, Program Director
While leading a backpacking trip in the Beartooths in 2016, Ben was inspired to return to Red Lodge. Since landing here, they have enjoyed putting down roots in the communities around the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, getting to know this landscape through working its trails. Before being in Montana, Ben lived between Bolivia, Peru, and the United States, instructing study abroad programs that focused on social movements, decolonization, and feminism in mining communities. Ben spends a disproportionate amount of their time staring at an overview map of the A-B on their living room wall, and hopes to improve access to public lands through their work with the ABWF.