Who We Are

The Katmai Conservancy is a proud, official nonprofit partner of Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Our Vision

The Katmai Conservancy works for the day when Katmai National Park and all public lands are understood and appreciated, preserved and conserved, and enjoyed by all.


Our Approach

Our Mission

The Katmai Conservancy supports the preservation of Katmai National Park and Preserve, its unique ecosystems, scenic character, and associated natural and cultural resources by promoting greater public interest, appreciation, and support through education, interpretation, and research.

The Katmai Conservancy works in partnership with Katmai National Park and Preserve to support and protect Katmai.  Our goal is to help the National Park Service:

  • Preserve this unique part of Alaska
  • Provide extraordinary opportunities for visitor experiences and compatible traditional uses
  • Be an active partner with its communities.

We will coordinate and work with the park and its management to determine how the Katmai Conservancy can best help the park and how funds raised by the Katmai Conservancy may be utilized by the park.

Our Story

Board of Directors

The Katmai Conservancy Board of Directors is responsible for long-range planning, fundraising priorities and financial and programmatic oversight for the organization.  They also work with our park partners to protect and preserve the Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Barbara Muhlbeier


Barbara Muhlbeier is in-house counsel with Pinnacle Financial Partners, with offices at both the corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee and in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Barbara has been active for over 18 years in non-profit organizations devoted to supporting public lands.  She has served four terms on the board of Great Smoky Mountains Association, acting as Chair for four of those years. Currently, she holds the office of treasurer on the board of directors of the Public Lands Alliance.  Much of Barbara’s time is spent these days with family in Bellingham, Washington.

David Cary, PHD


David Cary served as a professor of Finance at California State University, Northridge for over a quarter of a century. Dave’s passport shows his love of traveling in general, with stamps from six of the seven continents.  But his true love is Alaska where he has visited almost every year for the past 25 years.  Of all his Alaskan destination, Dave’s favorite is Katmai National Park. He has shot thousands of photographs, some of which were displayed at the Alaska Air lounge in Los Angeles for three months in 2011. He has donated one of his photos to be used as the Katmai Conservancy logo.

Ellis Bacon


Ellis S. Bacon received his BS and PhD from the University of Tennessee studying perception and behavior of the American black bear. Ellis lived in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park raising two black bear cubs during his four-year research and remained in the Park another five years as director of the Tremont Environmental Education Center. He then established and coordinated a seven state Youth Conservation Corps program for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  In 1982 he founded the South’s Finest Chocolate Factory in Knoxville, Tennessee. During his 30 years as a chocolatier (wholesale/retail/manufacturer) Ellis continued his environmental pursuits as a long term board member of the Great Smoky Mountains Association, board member and treasurer of the Public Lands Alliance, and research adjunct at the University of Tennessee.

Diane Chung, USFS

Diane Chung served as the Superintendent at Katmai National Park and Preserve from 2013-2016. The Katmai Conservancy was created during her tenure at Katmai, with Diane playing a significant role in promoting the need for a non-profit park partner.   She is currently maintaining her connection to the park as a board member of the Conservancy in order to assist in the growth of this organization.

Carl Chapman

Board Member and Registered Agent

Carl Chapman is a dedicated conservationist of wild places. Carl’s dedication to natural habitats started as a child, growing up in rural Yosemite. Here he experienced unspoiled nature daily and witnessed the impact of over visitation. After his first visit to Katmai, Carl fell in love with the 6400 square miles of pristine habitat that comprise the park. His goal for Katmai is to influence proper funding and secure policy that assures that Katmai is not "Loved to Death”.  Carl’s professional career has spanned television, film, education and digital marketing.


Become a Friend and Protect the Future

Your support will help the Katmai Conservancy and Katmai National Park accomplish research, education, and visitor service priorities.  Donate today, and help support Katmai National Park.