The National Wildlife Federation

Former Olympic skier Chip Knight named to position at NWF's Northeast Regional Center

Will work on "Safeguarding Wildlife" and conservation projects

MONTPELIER, VT – Blending a love of the outdoors with a strong environmental ethic, former Olympian and U.S. Ski Team member Chip Knight joins the National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Center to work on land conservation and education projects.

Among his responsibilities, Knight will focus on programs falling under the National Wildlife Federation’s “Safeguarding Wildlife from Global Warming” umbrella. Safeguarding initiatives bring state and municipal officials, conservation interests, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals together to address the impacts and causes of global warming. Initially, Knight’s work targets Vermont-based “on-the-ground” projects including a wide-ranging southwest-northeast wildlife corridor designed to enhance regional habitat connectivity, and an initiative to increase permeability for wildlife across critical road sections. 

 “I’m honored to be working with an organization like the National Wildlife Federation that is focusing on the biggest conservation challenge of our era,” said Knight. “I’m also excited to be doing this work in the Northeast, where I first fell in love with the natural world.

 A resident of Waterbury, VT., Knight, 34, skied for the United States in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. The U.S. national slalom champion in 1996, Knight skied the prestigious World Cup circuit from 1995-2006 where he earned three top-10 slalom finishes. Knight graduated from Williams College in 2008 with a degree in history.

 “Chip is a great addition to the National Wildlife Federation’s team here in Vermont,” said Curtis Fisher, Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation. “We are excited about Chip turning his passion, energy and focus that lead to so much success in the competitive world of skiing to safeguarding wildlife right here in Vermont.”  

For more information about “Safeguarding Wildlife” projects in the Northeast, contact Chip Knight at or (802) 552-4331 or George Gay at or (802) 552-4320.