Gary Wockner grew up along the banks of a muddy river in central Illinois where he ran wild and was often late for both dinner and supper. After dropping out of college three times, Gary moved to Colorado in 1985 and continued to run wild in the mountains along the Front Range. Gary finally finished college (9-year plan), and went on to earn masters and doctorate degrees from CU-Boulder.

Gary currently works as a consultant to scientific, political, and environmental organizations where he advocates for his personal passions which are:

- Howling wolves, free-flowing rivers, roadless forests
- Ecologically and economically sustainable communities
- Educational programs that get kids out of the normal classroom and into real-world learning experiences.

Gary has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines, as well as several books. In 2006, Gary won the Colorado Book Award for Comeback Wolves, and was nominated for the award in 2008 for Pulse of the River. In 2007 and 2008, Gary received the "Friend of the Poudre" award for his efforts at saving the Poudre River. In 2008, Gary was awarded "Volunteer of the Month" by the Poudre School District Board of Education for his volunteer efforts with Polaris Expeditionary Learning School. Also in 2008, Gary was given the "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the Sierra Club Poudre Canyon Group. In 2010, Gary received the "E-Chievement" award from E-Town, the national syndicated radio show. In 2012, the Save The Colorado River campaign -- which Gary co-founded with New Belgium Brewing -- received the first ever River Stewardship Award from Colorado Trout Unlimited.

In 2012, the Fort Collins Coloradoan called Gary a "prolific writer and activist," the Northern Colorado Business Report said Gary was one of Colorado's "more recognized faces in the campaign against fracking," Earthjustice Magazine said Gary was the "driving force" behind the campaign to save the Colorado River, and Ecowatch news service named Gary an "Insights Renowned Environmental Leader." In December of 2012, the New York Times highlighted the work of Gary's Save The Colorado River campaign on its website. In March of 2013, Origin Magazine named Gary an "EcoRockstar Impacting The Planet."

In September of 2013, as a result of the catastrophic floods in the oil and gas fields of Colorado, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and Rachel Maddow all highlighted Gary's work speaking out to protect the public's health and the environment. In Ferbruary of 2014, Gary provided communications guiddance to Global Greengants Fund to help bring attention to the devastating environmental and human rights impacts of the Sochi, Russia Olympics -- including to the Mzymta River -- which resulted in many media reports including this New York Times article about exiled and jailed Russian environmental activists.

In March of 2014, EcoCentric Blog named Gary a "River Hero." In September of 2014, WildEarth Guardians profiled Gary and said he was "one of Colorado's conrnerstone environmental activists."

Through his consulting work and the organizations he represents, Gary also has significant experience managing and supporting election campaigns for pro-environment candidates and issues at the local, state, and federal level.

Gary's environmental advocacy work has generated over a thousand news stories and makes a difference.

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