I. Dr. Enrique Salmon
Dr. Enrique Salmon has a B.S. from Western New Mexico University, an MAT in Southwestern Studies from Colorado College, and a PhD. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. His dissertation was a study of how the bio-region of the Rarámuri people of the Sierra Madres of Chihuahua, Mexico influences their language and thought; poisonous plants used for medicine was the focus for the study. During his doctoral course studies Enrique was a Scholar in Residence at the Heard Museum. Enrique is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Ethnobiology. Enrique has published several articles and chapters on Indigenous Ethnobotany, agriculture, nutrition, and traditional ecological knowledge. He is Director of American Indian Studies at Cal State University East Bay.
II. Rick Bass
Rick Bass is an award-winning western and environmental writer. Born in 1958, Bass was influenced by his Geologist father. He studied at Utah State University, earning a degree in petroleum geology. Bass began writing short stories on his lunch breaks at work as a petroleum geologist. In 1987, Bass made a critical move to the Yaak Valley in Montana with his wife, where they have since raised their two daughters. Bass soon received the PEN/Nelson Algren award in 1988 for his short story “The Watch." Recently, Bass was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for his work Why I Came West. Bass also participates in the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies as a strong environmental advocate. He is the author of over 20 books, listed below.