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Bowen Blair

Bowen is the CCO of the Indian Country Conservancy (ICC) where he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day conservation activities of the organization.  He plays a lead role in representing the organization to tribes and agencies, managing staff, and fund-raising – especially from fees and donations resulting from conservation activities.

Bowen is an attorney with over 20 years of conservation real estate experience at Trust for Public Land, initially as a project manager – personally negotiating over 80 properties, including TPL’s first transactions with the Nez Perce Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Quinault Nation – before serving for the last ten years as senior vice president overseeing all of TPL’s real estate transactions and supervising both TPL’s Tribal and Native Lands Director and National Training Director for Transactions.   Bowen founded TPL’s Tribal and Native Lands Program in 1999.  During his tenure at TPL, Bowen also directed TPL’s six state Northwest Region and its eighteen state Midwest Region.  

Prior to working at TPL, Bowen was the Executive Director of Friends of the Columbia Gorge, where he was responsible for passage of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act, the only new public lands bill enacted during the eight year Reagan Administration. 

Bowen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College.

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