Luther Propst

Chair, Board of County Commissioners

with Teton County, Wyoming
Jackson, WY

As a county commissioner in the outdoor recreation destination of Jackson, WY, and the founder of the Sonoran Institute in Arizona, Luther Propst has seen first-hand the good, the bad, and the ugly of how trails and outdoor recreation can transform small and rural communities. Elected as a county commissioner in 2018 and again in 2022 in Teton County, Wyoming, Luther has worked to advance conservation, develop and protect trails and other opportunities for outdoor recreation, and help rural and mountain communities address growth-related challenges throughout the North American West for more than 35 years. In 1991, Luther established the Sonoran Institute and served as executive director until 2012. While leading the Sonoran Institute, he advanced effective community-based, collaborative, and innovative solutions for land, water, and energy use, focusing on conservation with a deep understanding of economic values and implications. During this time, Luther co-authored three books, including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. Luther serves on the board of the Outdoor Alliance, a national coalition of ten conservation groups working to protect America’s public lands and waters and the human-powered outdoor experience. He has also served on the board of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.


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