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.
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
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.
public relations and advocacy work has generated over a thousand news
stories for organizations he represents.
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