National Foundation for the Geosciences

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GALLERY 4-- Jackson visits Wallace Ulrich's Fossil Quarry
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The founders are scientists and citizens, serving the public, sharing information and creating opportunities.

The Board of Directors

Wallace Ulrich,


Wallace Ulrich is the Chairman of our Board of Directors, and lives in Jackson Hole and Fossil, Wyoming.

He is a long-serving member of the Wyoming Geological Survey Board, first appointed by Governor Freudenthal, and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate, Ulrich has completed his second term as Chairman of the State Board.  He is a Trustee of the prestigious American Geological Institute Foundation, a founder and long-time member of the Geologists of Jackson Hole and numerous other volunteer educational, and rescue organizations.  He continues his active volunteer life-style in his 43rd year as a high mountain ski patroller and instructor trainer in spite of a helicopter crash he survived in the Peruvian Andes in 1979 which left him with a pacemaker for the last 18 years.
He owns Ulrich Quarries and Fossil Portal Gallery, which provide the original legal source of Green River Formation fossils.  His preparations of stone and fossils from Wyoming's historical Ulrich Quarries are meticulous hand-processes known worldwide.  In the late 1950’s, they conceived the idea and carried out the creation of Fossil Butte National Monument in southwestern Wyoming.  
Wallace Ulrich is directing the creation of our educational concepts and a future institution from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

James Barlow



Jim Barlow lives above Wilson, Wyoming. An active field geologist, Jim was the first Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wyoming.

He founded the well-trusted Barlow and Hahn geological information firm in Casper, Wyoming. He is counselor to many public and private officials, respected for his candor and views about Wyoming.

N. Wayne Johnson

N. Wayne Johnson lives in Jackson , Wyoming and Salmon Idaho where he directs and operates his Salmon River Rafting Company, and authors books of poetry and history.  His long-time association with outdoor education, geology, and environmental education provides the Foundation solid advice. 
Mr Johnson directed the first Title III. E.S.E.A. environmental education projects in Wyoming, providing a new form of educational opportunity for teachers and students.  The award winning projects involved year-round field schools for teachers and students, integrated disciplines based on the reality that geological knowledge...structural geology, surficial geology, hydrology---sets the foundation for biological systems.  The integration of geosystems and biosystems defines "ecosystems".   His leadership, integrating the projects into several Wyoming public school districts, set standards and methodology for future applications of the concepts for federally funded education programs.
Mr. Johnson continues his educational work and trains and directs river guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Idaho.  He also conducts daily river tours with the Jackson Lake Lodge, in the northern part of Grand Teton National Park, sharing his vast knowledge and skills.  Additionally he operates week-long river tours on the "River of  No Return", the Main Salmon River, in Idaho.    For more on Wayne Johnson's works please see---

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