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Founder Steven Whitney sitting on a rock

Steven Whitney

Founder / Director

Steven has always been fascinated with nature.  Stemming from camping, hiking and outdoor adventures while growing up, a wild love for the landscapes of the Western United States developed.  At 15 he decided to found the Western Lands Preservation as a way to maintain those landscapes in their pristine natural beauty.

Today, Steven attends eleventh grade at Waterford School in Utah.  When not working on WLP, Steven might be preparing a Victor Borge piano skit, experimenting with eddy currents, or using Amateur Radio to report in to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 7 Ham net.

Click to learn about the event that inspired Steven to create the Western Lands Preservation . . .

The Badger Badge Story

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Founder John Whitney on hill

John Whitney

Co-Founder / Director

Having started three public software companies, lived and worked around the world, there is nothing like preserving what is falling away today.  After a rewarding career in software, marketing, and sales, John Whitney continues management in software development.  I'm thrilled to be able to assist Steven a smidgen with Western Lands Preservation.  Steven, thank you for running the show.

Besides assisting Western Lands Preservation in his spare time, John may be restoring a radio, tinkering with a Teletype, reading rare history books, or heading into the woods with family.

"Time with nature is time well lived."

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Founding advisor Joy Whitney sitting on a rock

Joy Whitney


Lover of the outdoors, adventure and wildlife.  Joy has had a rewarding career in the legal profession, in corporate law, patents, trademarks, and intellectual property.  Residing in Florida, she makes it to the Western States 2-3 times a year, enjoying Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Colorado.  Joy is a patriot, a fine marksman, and all around good spirit.

"A bad hair day ruins a saunterly hike every time."

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