Dan Brister '20 Selected as a Wyss Conservation Scholar

Blewett School of Law student Dan Brister is one of four University of Montana students named a 2019-20 Wyss Scholar for Conservation in the American West.

The Wyss Scholars Program provides financial support to UM students who have committed to careers in Western land conservation with a federal or state land management agency or at a nonprofit in the region. It is funded through the Wyss Foundation, a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities and strengthen connections to the land.

Dan Brister, J.D. Class of 2020, received his master’s degree in environmental studies from UM and is in his second year of the Juris Doctorate program in the Blewett School of Law. He has a long history of environmental advocacy and served as the executive director of the Buffalo Field Campaign, from which he wrote a book of essays on the herds of Yellowstone.

“I will spend the rest of my life working with grassroots nonprofit conservation organizations and the tribes in fighting to protect the unique wild landscapes and species of the West,” Brister said.

Read the full press release here.