Rick Johnson

Executive Director

For over 20 years, Rick has grown the Idaho Conservation League and reshaped the practice of conservation in Idaho and beyond. He is recognized leader in conservation strategy and organizational development. Rick’s work to protect Idaho wilderness has led to invitations to the East Room and Oval Office of the White House, as the Owyhee Canyonlands and Boulder-White Clouds bills were signed into law.

His work related to protection of the Boulder-White Clouds was described in a High Country News cover story (November 22, 2004) and PBS-TV’s nationally aired public affairs program “NOW” (January 5, 2007). He received the Secretary’s Honor Award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014, and the award for outstanding conservation leadership from the Wilburforce Foundation. In 2015, an Idaho media outlet placed him at 19 of “100 Influential Idahoans.” In 2016, with Rep. Mike Simpson, he was awarded the City Club of Boise Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement. In 2018, the Idaho Business Review named him a CEO of influence.

Rick has many favorite places in Idaho. “Where I saw my first cougar, alone on a trail in the Frank? Where I found an obsidian spear point by a tributary of the Selway? How about a no-name creek where I caught a dozen cutthroat trout on nearly that many casts with the same fly? Or the spot on the Middle Fork Salmon where I hit my first perfect must-do kayak roll. Perhaps it’s the spot where I’ve sat with Rep. Mike Simpson, at the base of Castle Peak in the White Clouds, as we recounted for others our journey to the president’s desk in the White House. You know what? My favorite Idaho place might be with a group of ICL supporters just about anywhere, when we’re sharing our stories, talking about how great this place is, and why, together, I’m so honored for the opportunity to protect it.”

Phone: 208.345.6933 x19