Staff –

J.R. CARLSON
Executive Director

Mr. Carlson’s 26 year portfolio includes work in environmental compliance, environmental policy, state and Federal administrative policy, legislation, technical research, large-scale infrastructure project management and ground-up creation of state associations. His career path includes a track record of success in industry, research, and consulting; he has participated in leadership circles for technical boards and a Washington DC trade association.

Mr. Carlson has been a central figure in the start-up of two state associations and two consulting firms, and he currently holds the title of Executive Director for the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition.

SHEILA ELLIS  
Research Analyst

Sheila Ellis has engaged in farming and ranching with her husband, Mark, since 1981 in Scott and Logan County, Kansas. Their four sons are actively involved in the family farm and ranch with them, as well as individual pursuits.

She became involved in the protection of private property rights in 2006, when US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), against the will of neighboring landholders and Logan County Board of Commissioners, initiated releases of endangered Black-footed ferrets in the county — a plan resulting in neighboring property owners being subjected to continual and repeated infestation of Black-tailed prairie dogs dispersing from USFWS’s release sites.

In 2008, she was appointed Chair of the Logan County Natural Resource Committee — organized to assist Logan County Board of Commissioners on Natural Resource issues. In 2013, she helped establish the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition (KNRC) — a membership organization consisting of most of the boards of county commissioners in the western third of Kansas — serving as their research analyst.

KNRC’s first initiative was working to prevent the listing of the Lesser prairie-chicken. She continues to serve as KNRC’s research analyst on several projects, including implications of conservation easements and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) consolidation of the Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Resource Management Plans (RMPs), as well as assisting Logan County in holding the line with USFWS.

 

Norman MacLeodNORMAN MACLEOD
Communications Analyst

Norman MacLeod was born in Vermont, where he received his education in forestry at the University of Vermont prior to entering the Air Force, from which he retired in 1997. Combining his education and military experience, he launched Gaelic Wolf Consulting, specializing in natural resource policy and government relations.

Involved with projects around the nation, his concern for the quality of science used in the regulatory community led him to become one of the founders of the Environmental Sciences Independent Peer Review Institute, a non-profit that built capacity to perform rigorous independent peer review of the science used to inform public policy.

Norm has experience working with state legislators and members of Congress as part of his work for his clients. He played a key role in the development of first-of-kind scientific integrity legislation in the State of Washington.

His work with local governments focuses around the full exercise of their inherent role, power, and authority through the exercise of the Tenth Amendment’s principle of reserved powers. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring protection of both the natural and human environment to achieve productive harmony between the two in full support of vibrant local economies. Mr. MacLeod’s practice areas include issues involving water resources, fisheries, agricultural and ranching practices, energy production, and Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes.

Norm joined KNRC as a communications analyst in November, 2016.

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