Dan Omasta graduated from the University of Colorado in 2011 with a degree in Political Science focused on Environmental Policy and Land Management. At the same time, he also left the Center of the American West with a Certificate in Western American Studies. Dan has recently returned from New Zealand, where he worked with a small rafting company to help the NZ Department of Conservation with local efforts to revive the endangered Blue Duck population. He currently lives in Crested Butte, Colorado, working part-time for the US Park Service as a Biological Restoration Technician in the Black Canyon and Gunnison Gorge. Dan is also in the process of starting his own non-profit focused on river restoration in the West. River Restoration Adventures for Tomorrow (RRAFT) seeks to aid public land managers in the conservation and restoration of our important watersheds in Colorado, while also promoting environmental stewardship among impacted communities. Dan is a passionate fly-fisherman and boater, and can often be caught playing on rivers all over the West!