National Wilderness Conference Keynote Speaker: John Olivas, Mora County, New Mexico, Commissioner

John Olivas is currently the traditional community organizer for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in northern New Mexico, a non-profit conservation group. John works to protect federally owner public land from future development, such as oil and gas and commercial logging, through federal protection under the Wilderness Act. Mr. Olivas has an Undergraduate Degree in Biology and a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from New Mexico Highlands University. He is currently managing partner and owner of JACO Outfitters, LLC who specializes in guided hunting and fishing trips throughout New Mexico. John Olivas is currently Chairman of the Mora County Commission and represents traditional communities in northern New Mexico focusing his conservation work with grazing permittees, land grant members and Acequia Mayordomos and Parciantes. John has worked in the federal sector with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mora National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center as a Fisheries Biologist. He has also worked with the private sector as a manufacturing engineer with Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho. He is a past board member for the Santa Getrudis de lo de Mora Land Grant and is very active in the state wide Land Grant efforts in New Mexico.