About us

Friends of the Australian Bush Heritage Fund is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to conserving Australia’s biodiversity.

We help protect native Australian plants and animals on millions of hectares of Australia’s most ecologically important landscapes. Supporting the acquisition and management of land of outstanding conservation value, and partnerships with Aboriginal groups and other private landowners.

To achieve our conservation goals we work primarily with Bush Heritage Australia, an Australian non-profit conservation organization.

You can learn more about it at the Bush Heritage Australia website, where you can also opt to receive updates about their conservation work.

Directors

Doug Humann (Melbourne, Australia) – Secretary

Doug Humann.

Doug Humann.

Doug has more than 30 years leadership experience in the NGO “for purpose” sector, working with environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, Australian First Nation communities and natural resource management authorities.

Doug currently serves as director and Chairman of Landcare Australia and Doug Humann & Associates. He is the Convenor of the Victorian National Parks Advisory Council providing advice to the Victorian Government, an Ambassador for the Central Victorian Biolinks Association and a member of the Conservation Ecology Centre Advisory Board and Melbourne Indigenous Transition School‘s Fundraising Advisory Board. Doug was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to conservation and environment in 2014.

Sabine Reiser (Melbourne, Australia) – Assistant Treasurer

Sabine Reiser.

Sabine Reiser.

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a BS in Environmental Economic and Policy, Sabine spent several years working in the environment and climate change sector in the US and China. In 2013, she moved to Australia, where she fell in love with the continent’s unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

As Bush Heritage Australia Philanthropy Executive, Sabine is excited about connecting individuals and organizations with conservation projects and sharing the joys of protecting native biodiversity and healthy ecosystems across Australia. She is a degree candidate, Master of Liberal Arts, Sustainability, at Harvard University Extension School.

Michael Lebovitz (Los Angeles, California) – Assistant Secretary

Michael Lebovitz is an international tax lawyer and CPA.  He is a Managing Director in PwC’s International Tax Services practice specializing in international business and tax planning. A frequent speaker on international tax matters, he has lectured throughout the US, Europe and Asia for organizations including the Tax Executives Institute,

IBFD, Bloomberg/BNA, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the American, California and Los Angeles County Bar Associations and the California Society of CPAs. Mike participates extensively in international pro bono matters. His notable projects include leading a global team to prepare an international report on legislative and judicial processes to combat the illegal trade in wildlife, on behalf of the United for Wildlife Coalition.

Dr. R. Pamela Reid (Miami, Florida)

Pam is Professor of Marine Geosciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami. Specializing in studies of tropical, shallow marine sediments and reefs, she has written approximately 100 publications in scientific journals.

A particular focus of Pam’s research is stromatolites, Earth’s earliest reefs, which were built by microbes rather than corals. Dominating the fossil record for 80% of Earth history, stromatolites are found in only a few locations on Earth today. One of the most spectacular occurrences of living stromatolites is Hamelin Pool, in the Shark Bay World Heritage Site of western Australia. Pam is conducting stromatolite research in Hamelin Pool, the Bahamas, and Atacama Desert of northern Chile.  Pam also founded and is executive director of the non-profit organization Bahamas Marine EcoCentre.

Dr Gary Tabor (Bozeman, Montana) – Interim President

Gary is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation. Gary’s conservation achievements include the establishment of Kibale National Park in Uganda and pioneering the field of Conservation Medicine and Eco-Health. In the West, he co-designed the Western Governors’ Association Wildlife Corridors Initiative, and co-founded the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Roundtable of the Crown of the Continent, and the Practitioners’ Network for Large Landscape Conservation.

He is a Henry Luce Scholar and a 2013-2014 recipient of an Australian American Fulbright Scholar award in Climate Change and Clean Energy. Gary is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Centre of Excellence in Environmental Decisions

John Mittermeier (London, UK)

Jennifer Smith – Grubb (Santa Cruz, California)

Our supporters

We acknowledge the many individuals, foundations and companies who’ve generously given in support of our work. You know who you are, and we can’t thank you enough!

Corporate Partners

Donate today to help Bush Heritage continue its vital conservation work. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible and we can’t thank you enough for your support.