Zack Porter

Lakekeeper CLF Vermont

Zack fell in love with Lake Champlain from an early age and he is honored to serve as Lakekeeper.

For the last fifteen years, Zack has worked tirelessly to safeguard wild places and wildlife and protect communities from the impacts of fossil fuel extraction. Zack started his conservation career as a wilderness ranger for the US Forest Service in the North Cascades and Northern Rockies. Moving into advocacy, Zack served as Campaign Director for All Against the Haul, uniting stakeholders and rightsholders across four states in a fight that defeated Exxon Mobil’s plans to transform a Wild and Scenic River corridor into an industrial superhighway to Alberta’s Tar Sands.

Following that victory, Zack worked for eight years as Western Montana Field Director and NexGen Wilderness Leaders Program Director for Montana Wilderness Association, building coalitions, leading Congressional legislative efforts, and shaping policies to benefit wildlands. Most recently, Zack was Outreach and Communications Coordinator for Northeast Wilderness Trust in Montpelier, Vermont, the only land trust in New England dedicated to forever-wild conservation.

When not working for wild places, Zack and his wife Kassia can be found exploring them with their daughter, Celeste, and black lab, Stella.

Recent Posts

Lake Champlain Clean-Up Can Help Drive Economic Recovery
The health and economic impacts of coronavirus have been devastating for Vermonters. Over 1,200 people have been sickened, and the jobless rate peaked at a record 16.5% in April. With infection rates in the state declining and our economy slowly reopening, many are asking how we overcome the greatest economic downturn in most Americans’ lifetimes.…
It’s Time to Stop Draining the Swamp
UPDATE: The Vermont Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands decided against opening up wetlands protections to new exceptions for development and farming. This is a victory for stopping a harmful policy from moving forward, and we’ll keep fighting to expand Vermont’s wetlands with stronger protections for these important ecosystems. “Drain the swamp.” It’s a favorite phrase…


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