Expert

Greg E. Walcher

President, Natural Resources Group

Greg Walcher is one of the most recognized and respected national leaders in natural resources policy. 

He is Founder and President of the Natural Resources Group, a nationwide ad-hoc coalition of consultants with natural resources expertise. He is also a partner in the global public affairs firm, The Stillwell Group, a senior advisor to the respected environmental permitting firm of Dawson and Associates, and a senior fellow at the American Tradition Institute. He brings to clients a lifetime of experience, institutional knowledge, contacts, and advocacy on natural resources and environmental policy and issues. He specializes in issues related to climate change, energy, water, endangered species and wildlife, forest management, public lands, agriculture, and private property rights.

Walcher served in the Governor’s Cabinet, leading the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, a department of 2500 employees, 8 divisions, 14 boards and commissions, and a $180 million budget. Its jurisdiction includes wildlife, parks, water, forestry, public lands, oil and gas, minerals and geology. His colleagues elected him president of the national organization of natural resources and environment cabinet secretaries, and he has been a nationwide leader in conservation policy debates. Leveraging a decade of Capitol Hill experience with Senator Bill Armstrong, Walcher spent ten years as President and CEO of Club 20, a non-partisan, non-profit association of 20 counties, 75 cities, dozens of non-profits, and hundreds of businesses and individuals serving the interests of Western Colorado – a region larger than most states. The group’s budget and membership tripled during Walcher’s tenure through activism on important regional issues: energy, water, forest health, tourism, transportation, telecommunications, public lands, and endangered species. He also served on the national policy committee for the American Society of Association Executives, and on the board of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.

In 2004, Walcher was the Republican nominee for Congress in Colorado’s 3rd District, a race that attracted national media attention as the top targeted House race in America (over $8 million). He won a hotly-contested five-way primary and shattered previous Colorado records for congressional fund raising and organization. Despite Colorado’s radical shift from red to blue, Walcher still came within 2 points of victory. He is an entertaining and popular speaker, with frequent appearances in the State and around the country. He is the author of Smoking The Out: the Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back, published in 2013. His blog, “Resources and Reality” attracts hundreds of regular readers at www.GregWalcher.com

Natural resource issues are also personal to Walcher.  He and his wife Diana own an orchard of 4,000 peach trees, and operated a direct marketing and fresh fruit shipping business with customers in over 40 states. Their operation was featured in Gourmet magazine as a cutting-edge example of niche marketing and high quality.