Mark Wilbert

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Senior GIS Analyst

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206-624-6430 x229

Mark joined The Wilderness Society staff in 1996 and provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) support for ecosystem study projects in the Society’s Center for Landscape Analysis (CLA) in Seattle.

Initially mapping roadless areas in Idaho for our Columbia Basin project, Mark has since worked on projects in almost all regions. He has analyzed the fragmentation effects of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management transportation systems and oil and gas developments on wildlife habitat, helped develop The Wilderness Society's technique for mapping relative wildness, and produced countless maps to convey our conservation message to the public, media, land management agencies and lawmakers. In addition to his role as a GIS analyst, Mark helps coordinate the organization's Information Technology system needs.

With his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Washington, Mark spent nearly eight years as a research technician and reforestation specialist at the University of Washington College of Forest Resources’ Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest. Chasing tree planters over soggy Northwest hillsides gave Mark an appreciation for warm dry offices, the pursuit of which led him back to school to study electronics and computing. It was while getting his second bachelor’s degree in Computer Science that Mark discovered GIS and realized the wonderful opportunity it provided to combine his interests in the natural sciences and computing.

After graduation, Mark worked as a GIS technician for the National Park Service in Seattle, doing data preparation and mapping for the smaller parks and monuments throughout the region. From there he came to The Wilderness Society. It is Mark’s love of the outdoors and his awe of the complex natural processes shaping it that brought him to both forestry and conservation.

He now camps, hikes, fly fishes and skis with his wife Carol, daughter Claire, and son David.