William Burnidge is the Grasslands Program Director for the The Nature Conservancy. William leads the work of
the Conservancy’s Colorado Chapter to develop and disseminate comprehensive land management
planning tools designed to assist livestock managers to improve outcomes across the triple bottom line
of “people, profit, and planet.” In addition, he works with farmers in in the Republican River watershed
to create pathways to sustain the Ogallala Aquifer with a current focus on raising irrigation efficiency.
William also plays a key role on teams engaged in planning and siting renewable and fossil energy
development on the plains of eastern Colorado. Several of these work streams come together through
William’s management of the Conservancy’s 14,000-acre Fox Ranch Preserve in Yuma County, Colorado,
which is both a nature preserve and working cattle ranch. Finally, William serves as the renewable
energy lead for the Conservancy’s North American Energy Program.
Prior to joining the Conservancy in Colorado in 2005, William worked in consulting and with other non-
profit organizations. Outside of work, he enjoys life in the Centennial State with his lovely wife and two
delightful daughters. He earned his B.S. in Wildlife Management and Biology at the University of
Wisconsin – Stevens Point and his M.B.A. and M.S. in Environmental Policy at the University of