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John Weisheit
John Weisheit

John Weisheit

Living Rivers

Moab, UT USA

"The best experience is making mistakes … once you make a mistake, you'll never make it again."

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John's work combines: Environment & Nature, Non-Profit Organizations, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Conservation Director

I work to restore and protect the Colorado River for future generations.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    He moved around as a child, but his family always lived near the Colorado River.

  • 2.

    The river was always a source of recreation for him; he valued the simplicity of the outdoors, never felt materialistic.

  • 3.

    Started college but walked out in the middle of a math class because he knew he needed to find a career outdoors.

  • 4.

    He spent time laboring on farms, building homes-realized the thing that tied all of his interests together was the Colorado River.

  • 5.

    Worked as a river guide for 21 years, much longer than most people spend at that job; became the Colorado Riverkeeper in 2002.

  • 6.

    Always figured that there were nonprofit groups taking care of the river, then realized that no one was protecting the river's best interests.

  • 7.

    He quit his river-keeping job to form his own nonprofit, Living Rivers, with the explicit mission of conserving the Colorado River.

  • 8.

    Faces harsh criticism and threats for his conservationist work, but he relishes his adversaries because they facilitate healthy debate.