Mandi Hirsch joined the Intermountain West Joint Venture team in April of 2019 as the Sagebrush Collaborative Conservation Specialist. In this position, Mandi will lead the strategic, partner-driven conservation of sagebrush by helping implement the IWJV’s Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands Initiative. She will work closely with an interdisciplinary team of staff members and partners to assist in expanding partnerships and conservation efforts across the western sagebrush sea. For the past seven years, Mandi has worked as a partner Rangeland and Wildlife Conservationist for the Sage Grouse Initiative led by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Lander, WY. During this time she teamed up with local landowners and partners to implement voluntary conservation practices across the Wyoming landscape that would benefit rangelands, wildlife habitat and livestock operations.
Mandi has always had a devoted love and interest in agriculture, rangelands and wildlife as sheis the 4th generation to be raised on her family’s cow/calf ranch in Western Colorado. She now lives in Crowheart, Wyoming where she and her husband, Todd, lease and manage their own ranching operation. Mandi earned her Associate degree of Agricultural Business at Northeastern Junior College. She then continued her education at Colorado State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and then went on to attain her Master of Science degree in Rangeland Ecosystem Science. Mandi is a rancher at heart and by trade who has become an advocate and leader for the conservation and sustainability of western rangelands and the western way of life. Outside of work, you will find Mandi working with her husband on their ranch, fishing the Wind River, traveling and enjoying time with her family and friends.
You can reach Mandi at firstname.lastname@example.org.