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Galen Hecht


Galen Hecht, Rio Grande Campaigner, WildEarth Guardians

Galen Hecht grew up in New Mexico and Colorado where he cultivated his affinity for wild lands, life, and water. Galen spent two years studying at United World College on Vancouver Island then earned a B.A. in Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Maine. After graduating, he spent a year as a Watson Fellow studying the relationships between people and rivers in Asia, Scandinavia, and South America. His education and experience on international rivers guided his passion to work for social and environmental justice. Now with the Wild Rivers Program, he works on a campaign to support the Rio Grande and keep the watery heart of the Southwest a living river. When Galen isn’t campaigning, he is on the trail or water, skiing, running, paddling, and exploring.