Modern Conservationist is an online publication covering today’s most pressing conservation topics and issues. We strive to provide an honest, holistic and nonpartisan perspective by interviewing experts working in the field. Our mission is to increase awareness of today’s conservation challenges and spark meaningful conversations that spur sustainable solutions.

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Our Values

Modern Conservationist is driven by five key values:

Integrity: Consistent, strong ethics are the backbone of organizational success. We believe doing the right thing means practicing and preaching sound conservation policies.

Truth: Truth comes down to more than one person, party or perspective. We believe that painting the most accurate picture of outdoor conservation means considering issues from all angles.

Optimism: Optimism is what drives conservation progress. We believe that when people think there is hope, they feel more able and empowered to change the status quo.

Stewardship: As residents of this Earth, we are entrusted with maintaining it. We believe it is our duty to give back through conservation and environmental stewardship.

Adventure: Life is nothing without the spirit of adventure. We believe in the importance and power of exploring the outdoors and in ensuring that future generations have the same opportunity to do so.

Our Founders

Alexandra Vollman is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for the outdoors — especially hiking. As the co-founder and editor of Modern Conservationist, she oversees editorial management for the site. She has a bachelor’s degree in media communications and a master’s degree in writing and publishing. Alexandra enjoys using her knack for reporting and storytelling to instill in others a better understanding of and appreciation for nature.

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Michael Vollman is a creative professional whose passion for hunting, fishing and hiking lands him in the outdoors regularly, but — he would argue — not nearly enough. Although he wasn’t born an outdoorsman, the occasional camping trip with the family, summer vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains and a hunting trip or two with dad were enough to instill in him a call to the out-of-doors. This calling has led to his interest in and desire to not only spend time in the wild but also do what he can to protect it.

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Crowd gathers around Old Faithful in Yellowstone national park 1949.

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