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Kelly Burke

In this close up, Kelly, who is wearing glasses, hugs her brown horse's neck.

Kelly Burke builds the broad and diverse partnerships necessary to sustain wildlife, landscape corridors, and connections between people and wild nature. She also serves as Executive Director for Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.

Kelly has 14 years’ experience in geological mapping, including extensive trips on the Colorado River to advance ecological research and riparian restoration. She has led natural history tours in Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce National Parks, and also in Alaska. Kelly has published scientific articles about structural geology, geomorphology, and geochemistry of natural waters. She cofounded Grand Canyon Wildlands Council with Kim Crumbo and ecologist Dr. Larry Stevens in 1996.

In 2016, Kelly initiated the Conservation in Motion program to bring together conservationists, scientists, artists, adventurers and outdoor-brand athlete ambassadors in the campaign to permanently protect the lands embracing the north and south rims of Grand Canyon. She lives at the foot of the San Francisco peaks in Flagstaff, where she tries to weave horseback riding and time in the wild with her terrier mix, Georgia, into every reasonably nice day.