Staff

Bear Trust International is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, conservation organization governed by ten board members.  Bear Trust’s executive director works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental organizations and businesses to pool resources, talents, and time for the purpose of bear conservation worldwide.  In addition, Bear Trust mentors interns and hires specific talents to successfully complete Bear Trust program goals.

Executive Director:  Logan Young  Having grown up in the high country of the Northern Yukon, it was only fitting that Logan would find his way to a role advocating for the conservation of one of nature’s most misunderstood and majestic creatures, the wild bear.  The path to this point includes guiding and ranching for his family’s businesses throughout his childhood; hunting and guiding sheep and other wildlife from the time he was six years old and achieving the North American Youth Hunter of the Year award before he was old enough to drive.

Logan followed the conventional path into college on a rodeo scholarship and earned a degree in business with three minors in economics from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY.  While in Laramie, he met and married the love of his life, Courtney, and they now reside in Bozeman, MT with their German Shepherd, Bear Bryant.

This conventional road was only briefly traveled, as his passion for wildlife and wilderness brought him immediately back to the life he loves and to a new role as Executive Director of Bear Trust International which ignites his passion for promoting and protecting wildlife and wild places.

Growing up immersed in the family business, Midnight Sun Outfitting, has given Logan a great exposure to the beauty and wilderness of the Northern Yukon and has shown him its vulnerability.  He has always been heavily committed to conservation efforts in North America, and in particular he and his family have been long-standing supporters of the Wild Sheep Foundation where his family has been instrumental in growing membership.  Midnight Sun helped start the <1 Club with donations of sheep hunts in the inaugural years and his family continues to support the WSF in varied and significant ways.

Logan’s entire life has been surrounded by and consumed with wilderness, wildlife, and the elements that impact the sustainability of the land and its creatures.  He has witnessed throughout his life the importance of giving back through conservation organizations and projects that directly benefit wildlife and he is grateful and excited to be in a role that affords such immediate and direct impact to that which made him who he is.  While he has been fortunate to achieve many goals in his hunting career, none are more important than those that he has chartered to accomplish on this new journey with Bear Trust International.

 

Arthur-3Social Media Outreach Director:  Arthur Smid  Arthur manages Bear Trust’s social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  Arthur is also helping Bear Trust with its online fundraising campaigns to help fund projects like the “Survival of the Sunbears” documentary. A bit about Arthur: He is a freelance writer and illustrator who has written short stories, songs, plays, and has performed in community theater.  Arthur has traveled through the U.S., Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Japan, Spain, The Czech Republic, and Germany.  His travels have expanded his understanding of world culture and led to work as a language teacher.  He has worked with the Madrid branch of Foster Wheeler, written stories for online publications, and completed three novel manuscripts (arthursmid.com).x

 

Director of Publications and Editor:  Jack Evans As a lifelong hunter, Jack’s values have always been profoundly shaped by experiences in the natural world. His reverence for bears, in particular, has been cultivated personally in mountains from Tennessee to Alaska to Montana. It is an honor to contribute to their understanding and conservation through Bear Trust International. Jack’s background in conservation lies in five years of part-time work in the Tanzanian and Zambian bush. Training as an apprentice professional hunter has immersed him in the real issues of public land management in wildly diverse natural and political environments. As well, he has combined his passions for the outdoors with those for literature, and has been writing hunting and travel articles from the age of 12. Magazines such as Sports Afield and Petersen’s Hunting count amongst his earliest publications, and he has also produced video content for NRA Online. Currently, he is pursuing his second masters degree, now in anthropology, at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on how human-animal relationships are navigated through hunting as an immersive multispecies experience in which lives are, naturally, at stake. The ways we interact with nature have always fascinated him, and he believes that the mission of Bear Trust International, with its focus on education and the appreciation of nature, is the best approach for positively influencing the future of bears worldwide. The knowledge we can gain from this species seems endless, and responsible efforts to preserve this privilege for future generations are essential.

 

Executive Administrator: Courtney Young PHOTO COMING SOON! Courtney is originally from Alabama. She attended the University of Wyoming where she earned a degree in Family and Consumer Science and Psychology. Shortly after graduating she and her husband, Logan, got married and moved to Bozeman, Montana to put down roots and start their life together. Courtney enjoys watching Alabama football, being outside in the mountains, and playing with her German Shepherd Bear.
Since meeting Logan, Courtney has learned a lot about conservation, and now truly has a heart for helping wildlife thrive.

 

Intern:  Jay Cooney   Jay Cooney is currently an undergraduate student at Canisius College where he is pursuing a degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation with a minor in Anthrozoology. Jay is helping Bear Trust by providing content and articles for our e-newsletters. He has been an active research assistant with the Canisius Marineland Orca Research Project since August of 2016, studying captive beluga whales under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Noonan. Through this opportunity, he has recorded data on seasonal sexual behavior and individual differences in swim pattern. During the Spring of 2017, Jay was chosen to be part of a select group of Canisius Ambassadors for Conservation who conducted field studies along the Salish Sea ecosystem. In the summer of 2017, he was employed in the Education Department at the Erie Zoo where he taught young visitors and was trained in small mammal handling. For the past five years, Jay has been the author of a blog titled Bizarre Zoology which has garnered over 450,000 international views. His current writing platform, Animal in the Mirror, explores topics in the research and conservation of wildlife, while reflecting on our human-centered relationship with the biosphere. His future goals are to obtain a PhD in Conservation Behavior and enter Academia, with a special focus on the behavior and ecology of cetartiodactyls (even-toed hoofed mammals including whales). It is Jay’s hope that his writing can both educate readers regarding the breadth of our planet’s biodiversity, and inspire them to live consciously in accord with the preservation and well-being of our nonhuman animal kin.

Project Initiatives

Bear Trust focuses on 4 primary project initiatives: 1) Conservation Education 2) Bear Research & Management 3) Habitat Conservation 4) Conservation Policy

Contact Info

PO Box 10850
Bozeman, MT 59719
Phone: (406) 523-7779
info@beartrust.org