Tyson Bertone Riggs

Tyson grew up in Western Oregon and earned a duel B.A. in geography and political science from the University of Oregon in 2004. After graduation, he moved to Washington DC to work as an intern, and later press assistant, for a US Senator. Although a rewarding experience, the landscapes of the West called him back, resulting in almost a decade of work in natural resources in Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oregon, and Alaska. Desiring a return home to Oregon and reengagement with policy, Tyson earned a Master’s degree from Oregon State University in 2016 with a focus on federal land management policy and social science. He has since worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry in the new Federal Forest Restoration Program, utilizing new authorities and working with forest collaboratives in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Tyson is excited to be working for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and for the opportunity to continue to connect rural communities to tools and practices that help foster landscape restoration, community economic well-being, and collaboration.


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