Colorado Field Representative
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Jon Holst joined the TRCP as Colorado field representative in March 2021.
Holst brings to the TRCP 27 years of experience working on wildlife conservation and federal public land policy issues. Most recently, Holst worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and lead the agency’s engagement in energy development and federal public land planning in the southwestern part of the state. Working with a broad coalition of stakeholders, Holst played a lead role during the state’s original creation of oil and gas regulations pertaining to wildlife, as well as the recent update to those regulations. Prior to working at CPW, he worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation on wildlife and transportation issues. He has also served as in-house counsel for an oil and gas company, and as a consultant on federal public land development and wildlife conservation issues for a variety of private and non-governmental organizations.
Holst is a lifelong sportsman who grew up trapping and hunting in rural Colorado. When trapping muskrats could no longer pay the bills, he enrolled at Colorado State University where he earned a B.S. in biology and a M.S. in wildlife biology researching mule deer and elk migration patterns and behavior at road crossings. He also earned a J.D. at the University of Colorado School of Law.
Holst currently lives in Durango, and in his off-time can be found hunting, exploring on his mountain bike (sometimes hunting and exploring on his mountain bike), or planning his next travel adventure with his wife and two kids.