Eric Oliver is a high school teacher in Boise, and a member of ICL’s Advocates for Idaho monthly giving program. Eric discovered ICL by word of mouth when he was hoping to learn “where people were having fun and celebrating (and defending!) Idaho’s open spaces.”

In 2019, Eric joined ICL’s Emerging Leaders for Idaho’s Environment (ELIE) program – a leadership program focused on connecting the next generation of conservationists with opportunities to make a difference for Idaho’s environment. 

After completing the ELIE program, Eric stayed involved with ICL – showing his dedication and passion for protecting Idaho’s wild spaces. As someone who trail runs, bikes, skis, and enjoys Idaho’s backcountry, Eric hopes that “Idaho’s public lands continue to stay public and stay healthy, and that groups like ICL explore ways to make sure all people have equal access to these special places.”

Eric also appreciates that ICL gives him opportunities to speak up for Idaho’s environment and public lands throughout the year. “I’ve always believed it’s important to speak up for what you love, and ICL does exactly that,” Eric said. “Being a member of ICL means to me that I will always be in the know when something important needs defense or celebration.”

When asked about the inspiration behind being part of ICL’s monthly giving program, Eric shared this: “Many of us set aside a little bit of money for a rainy day, retirement, etc. But what will Idaho look like when I retire? Contributing to ICL regularly feels like an investment in our collective future as a place that values and protects a thriving environment.”

To learn more about supporting Idaho’s wild spaces by becoming an ICL Member, click here.