Steve Gilbert has been a Montana resident since 1967. For 41 of these years he has worked as a biological consultant, 25 of which he was part-owner and president of an environmental consulting company that specialized in wildlife, aquatics/fisheries, soils, vegetation, forestry, range and hydrology. Separate from his business, Steve worked in Alaska on salmon studies, Yellowstone Park on grizzly bears, the Teton Wilderness on an early satellite/radio-telemetry study with elk, did wildlife inventories in the North Cascades and Pasayten Wilderness in Washington, studied Icelandic gulls on Baffin Island, NWT and cliff-nesting raptors in Glacier Park. He is an associate with the Montana Peregrine Institute, and has conducted neo-tropical bird and raptor surveys in the west nearly every year since 1971.
Steve is a strong environmental advocate and served for a number of years on the board of the Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. He has been on the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC) board for over ten years and was chosen the MEIC Community Activist of the Year in 2003. For several years he was the token male on the board of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a national organization based in Durango, Colorado. He’s also on the board of Western Lands Project in Seattle. He has testified in the Montana Legislature and U.S. Senate on water and air quality, soils, aquatics and wildlife habitat issues relating to irresponsible energy development, coal and hard-rock mines.