Editor’s Note: Dagny Deutchman is ICL’s new conservation fellow. She looks forward to bolstering the relationship between Idaho’s outdoor recreation industry and Idaho’s conservation resources, and working on important water-related issues.

Dagny Deutchman believes the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness will save the world. She is not yet sure how it will happen but she strongly believes this national treasure will certainly play a role. In addition to her love of the Frank, she is passionate about public lands everywhere and cultivating efficient and effective use of the resources that sustain these spaces. Dagny is excited to be working for the Idaho Conservation League in our new conservation fellowship position. She hopes to cultivate a strong series of lasting relationships between Idaho’s outdoor recreation industry and the conservation resources of Idaho.

Dagny Deutchman is a fourth-generation Idahoan who grew up in Salmon, Idaho. She attended the University of Montana where she obtained a B.A. in psychology with a research emphasis and a minor in dance. Since the age of 15 Dagny has been guiding in the Frank Church Wilderness for various whitewater rafting companies. She currently guides on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and does volunteer work for the Redside Foundation as well as the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association.

When Dagny isn’t chasing whitewater she can be found in climbing gyms, milongas (tango gatherings), or working with diverse mediums of art. Her proudest accomplishment of the summer was renovating an old retired school bus into a tiny home.

Dagny guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.