MEET THE TEAM
Diane has a passion for outdoor recreation close to home. She started Montana Access Project so communities, nonprofits, and public and private land managers don't have to start at "Square One" when dreaming, creating, and growing the quality outdoor recreation access they seek.
As an experienced attorney, founder and advisor to Whitefish Legacy Partners/Whitefish Trail, Montana State Parks Foundation, appointed member to the Montana Environmental Quality Council, Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Montana's first State Parks and Recreation Board she knows the difference that high-quality nature-based recreation access makes to the economy, community health and quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
She knows what it's like to innovate recreation approaches on public lands, state trust lands and private lands from a practical, legal and policy perspective.
And most of all, she knows it's hard work, and is ready to bring her extensive legal background in real estate, nonprofit, and land conservation know-how to any project.
Rachel's deep-rooted love for the outdoors has shaped her journey. Pursuing her passion, she earned a B.S. in Parks, Tourism & Recreation Management from the University of Montana. Alongside her academic pursuits, Rachel served as a Research Associate in the Human Dimensions Lab, where she collaborated on graduate research, conducted data analysis, and crafted surveys.
She also currently serves as the Communications Specialist for the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana.
In her free time, you’ll find her cuddling with her cat, Moose, and getting out into the mountains as often as she can!