About Dave Strohmaier

My wife, Gretchen, and I have called Missoula County home since 1997, when we moved here to attend the University of Montana. I hold graduate degrees from Yale University in philosophy of religion and an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Montana, where I focused in environmental philosophy, natural history writing, and wildland fire history and ecology. Professionally, I have over 18 years of experience with both the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service in a variety of roles. For the past 13 years, I’ve worked in the private sector as a historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc., and in 2015, along with several colleagues, launched a new business called Three21 Innovations, LLC, which focuses on digital solutions for the humanities. I’ve also published two books on the subject of fire in the West.

From 2006 to 2014, I served on the Missoula City Council where I chaired both the Public Safety and Health and the Parks and Conservation committees. I also served on the Missoula Public Art Committee, the Mayor’s Downtown Advisory Commission, and the Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee. I currently serve on the Missoula Public Schools Safety and Security Task Force. As a problem solver, I’m willing to listen to diverse viewpoints and then roll up my sleeves and work hard to craft legislation and policy that balances competing interests—be it preserving open space and critical agricultural lands, investing in infrastructure, developing a master plan for downtown Missoula, or reducing municipal energy consumption.

1999 The University of Montana, M.S. in Environmental Studies
1995 Yale University Divinity School, M.A.R. in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, Summa Cum Laude
Seattle Pacific University, B.A. in Religion-Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude

2013 Going the Extra Mile Award, Missoula County DUI Task Force
2012 Lincoln School Memorial Award, Preserve Historic Missoula
2011 Walt Brown Award, Montana Human Rights Network
2010 Jeanette Rankin Civil Liberties Award, ACLU of Montana

2015 – Present Partner, Three21 Innovations, LLC.
2003 – Present Senior Project Historian. Historical Research Associates, Missoula, Montana
2006 – 2014 Alderman, Missoula City Council, Missoula, Montana
Chair, Conservation Committee, 2012 – 2014
Chair, Public Safety & Health Committee, 2008-2011
Member, Public Works, Administration and Finance, Conservation, Public Safety & Health, and Land Use and Planning committees
1999 – 2003 Public Comment Analyst. Content Analysis Team, Ecosystem Management Coordination, Washington Office, USDA-Forest Service.
1998 – 1999 Project/Fuels Crew Supervisor. Ninemile Ranger District, Lolo National Forest, USDA-Forest Service.
1985 – 1998 Fire Station Manager, 1988-1998; Firefighter, 1985-1987. Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management

The Seasons of Fire: Reflections on Fire in the West (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2001).
Drift Smoke: Loss and Renewal in a Land of Fire (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2005).