Seth Shteir, Director


Seth_Shteir_2.jpgSeth Shteir developed a love of arid lands while visiting Arizona’s national parks as a child with his father. Clambering up saguaro-strewn slopes, observing iridescent hummingbirds and surprising coatimundis in a desert wash instilled a desire to protect special places. 
 
Seth came to the California desert to work for the National Parks Conservation Association on park protection issues related to Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve.  Prior to living in the Morongo Basin, Seth shared his passion for the natural world for thirteen years as an outdoor educator and classroom teacher at the New Jersey School of Conservation, Fresh Air Fund, Lorado Taft Field School, and Children’s Community School in Van Nuys, California. 
 
He also served eight years on the board of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, most recently as conservation chair and vice president, engaging on a variety of local, regional and national conservation issues. Seth’s environmental writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, National Parks Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest and High Country News. 
 
Seth is especially fond of the sense of community in the Morongo Basin and the tremendous skill and commitment of its many activists who care deeply about the desert and work hard to protect the land and their communities from inappropriate development.   A life long backpacker, bird watcher and fisherman, he tries to spend as much time outside as possible.
 
 

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