American West Conservation (AWC) assists private landowners, farmers, ranchers, and businesses, as well as environmental and agricultural organizations, in their efforts to conserve land, water, and wildlife. AWC provides advice and strategic assistance as these entities navigate regulatory challenges on local, state, and federal levels.
Maya Kepner, Managing Member
Ms. Kepner, President & Founder of American West Conservation, L.L.C. (AWC) has extensive experience creating tailored strategies to address a wide variety of regulatory, permitting, and conservation-related issues. Maya has been engaged in natural resource conservation planning for more than a decade. She specializes in managing coordinated efforts between private industry and federal and state entities to execute conservation easements on private lands, secure federal and state permits for projects, and identify and obtain appropriate mitigation.
In addition to her extensive regulatory experience, Maya has also conducted Congressional briefings for the Natural Resources Committee; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Council on Environmental Quality, a division of the Executive Office of the President; Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Water and Science; and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as agency directors and members of Congress and the Senate.
Affiliations: Board of Directors
CA Waterfowl Association
Steve Thompson, Former Member
In loving memory of my father and business partner, Steve Thompson (1953-2018)
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