National Wilderness Conference Keynote Speaker: Christina Mills, wilderness fellow

Christina Mills began work with the National Park Service in 2010 as a Wilderness Fellow at Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas. She later relocated to the Agency's WASO Wilderness Stewardship Division in 2011. After spending 6 months in Washington, she traveled to Fire Island, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain, Olympic, Glacier Bay, Western Arctic, and Lassen Volcanic National Parks, assisting with wilderness character training and planning, writing wilderness character narratives, and developing monitoring strategies. She also served as a member of the Wilderness Character Integration Team, an interdisciplinary group created to provide leadership for incorporating wilderness character into park planning, management, and monitoring.

Mills is currently works an Outdoor Recreation Planner at Yellowstone National Park where she works primarily on Winter Use planning and operations. She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and recently completed her Master's degree in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana, where she studied the National Park Service's ability to adapt to rapid social and ecological change, focusing on cultural and structural barriers to adaptation.

Mills will be speaking at the National Wilderness Conference on Sunday, October 19th as part of the following: Inspiration for the Future of Wilderness with keynote speakers Monica Patel and Christina Mills, wilderness fellows; Robert Glenn Ketchum, conservation photographer and founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers; Dave Foreman, longtime wilderness advocate