Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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   Dave Strohmaier

    Missoula Board of County Commissioners

Dave Strohmaier currently serves on the Missoula Board of County Commissioners, and he and his wife, Gretchen, have called Missoula County home since 1997. Prior to being elected as a county commissioner, Dave worked for 18 years with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service in a variety of roles (primarily as a wildland firefighter), and 13 years in the private sector as a historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc., where he specialized in environmental and Native American history. Dave holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in religion-philosophy and graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School (M.A.R., 1995, philosophy of religion) and the University of Montana (M.S., 1999, environmental studies).

Dave is a published author, having written two books on the subject of fire in the West: The Seasons of Fire (2001, University of Nevada Press) and Drift Smoke (2005, University of Nevada Press). With his background in fire management, he remains interested in fire ecology and the challenges of learning to live in landscapes that are adapted to fire.

From 2006 to 2013, Dave represented Ward 1 on the Missoula City Council where he chaired the Parks and Conservation Committee and Public Safety and Health Committee. Some of the initiatives that he advocated for included human rights, energy conservation, passenger rail and sustainable transportation, downtown revitalization, and establishing government-to-government relations between the city of Missoula and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Outside of serving in local government, Dave enjoys big game hunting, fishing, writing, and spending time in the backcountry with his wife, son, and daughter.