Deputy Director, Center for Western Lands
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We regret to share that the TRCP staff is reeling over the unexpected loss of our friend and colleague, Coby Tigert.
He passed away on March 13, 2018, with his family around him, after suffering a series of strokes. His obituary can be found here.
We will remember Coby as a tireless advocate, not only for fish and wildlife habitat, but also for the field staff in his charge. As a longbow hunter and deputy director of our Western lands programs, he was game for any challenge—a sincere and dependable collaborator who you could always trust to get the job done. In fact, Coby’s leadership helped shape Western public lands policies regarding resource management planning, backcountry conservation, and the public’s role in important land-use decisions.
While his work ethic may have been driven by a desire to improve hunting and fishing opportunities for future generations, we are the ones who are better for having known him. He will be sorely missed.
We hope you will join us in keeping the Tigert family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
The TRCP team
A lifelong resident of the West, Coby Tigert recognized the importance of public lands to the Western outdoor experience. With a heritage steeped in fly fishing and hunting, he brought years of experience working at the grassroots level on habitat issues when he joined the staff as Idaho field representative in May 2013. Previously, he coordinated between sportsmen’s organizations and state and federal agencies on issues ranging from big game and travel management planning to water quality in critical cutthroat trout habitat.
“At the core, opportunity is all about habitat,” said Tigert “The habitat diversity in the West and the varied experiences that it provides are special. I am excited to be doing my part to ensure that Western outdoor opportunities exist for future generations. Growing up here, I cut my teeth on world-class fly fishing and mule deer hunting on public lands. Decades later, I still have those opportunities and have added my new obsessions of hunting chukars with pointing dogs and whitetails with vintage archery equipment.”
Coby and his wife Linda spent their free time in pursuit of the animals that defined them. You could have found them casting flies for trout or bass, chasing deer and elk with longbows in hand, or trailing pointing dogs in pursuit of sharptails or chukars on public lands across the West.