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The Center for Snake Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of all snakes. Our mission to promote the conservation of snakes and their natural ecosystems and implement positive change in human attitudes towards snakes. While based in Colorado, we work globally to promote our mission.


Our Work

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Habitat Protection

Protect Intact Areas with Highly Diverse Snake Communities


Conservation Through Education

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Community Action

Promote Community-Based Conservation


At Center for Snake Conservation, our top priority and goal is to create positive change in human perceptions about snakes. Our Board of Directors in responsible for ensuring we follow our mission to achieve our goals.

The Center for Snake Conservation has current vacancies on its Board of Directors. Please contact us if you would like to apply to be a board member of the Center for Snake Conservation.


Cameron Young

Executive Director

Prior to founding the Center for Snake Conservation (CSC), Cameron has over 15 years experience working as a herpetologist, wildlife biologist, and biological permitting lead specializing in environmental regulatory support for the certification and permitting of energy infrastructure projects and facilities. His strengths include wildlife, threatened and endangered species, raptor, and migratory bird consultations involving the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Clean Water Act. However, the need for snake conservation and education, his rarely matched passion for all things “snake”, and dream for the Center for Snake Conservation has driven Cameron to shift gears from environmental consulting. The CSC’s mission for snake conservation through education is Cameron’s priority.
In addition to the CSC, Cameron is involved in other conservation and research organizations such as Partners for the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (PARC) and the Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians (SSAR). He has published many peer-reviewed articles on the distribution and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Cameron has also co-authored several book chapters including two chapters on inventory and monitoring techniques at rattlesnake dens.

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David Young

Chairman of the Board

David has been a Project Manager and Wildlife Biologist for Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. since 1992. He received his B.S. in Biology from Earlham College in 1986 and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1988. His specialty areas include threatened and endangered (T&E) species and wind power research. He has received formal training in Endangered Species Act, Section 7 Consultation and Habitat Conservation Plans; has conducted numerous T&E species surveys, clearances, and monitoring projects; has written Biological Assessments for determining adverse effects from highway construction projects, water development projects, and wind projects; and has been a paid, and volunteer, field technician studying many state and federally protected species including: Indiana bat, grey bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Preble's meadow jumping mouse, black-footed ferrets, Washington ground squirrel, wood stork, mountain plover, Mexican spotted owl, bald eagles, Allen's Cay Rock Iguana, Riley's Rock Iguana, copperbelly water snake, Kirtland's snake, green sea turtles, Wyoming toads, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Ute ladies' tresses orchid, Colorado butterfly plant, and blowout penstemon.


Heather Young

Secretary of the Board

Heather Young is a Human Resources Manager and has been on the Executive Team for Emerson in
Boulder, Colorado since 2009. Heather has been in the field of People Management for the past 18 years and specializes in employee relations and employment law. Heather attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and received her BA with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution. While at Earlham, Heather studied Ornothology and Human Population in Kenya, Africa. She also studied Environmental Science at Boston University. Heather has travelled all over the world and recently returned from a trip to Singapore and Vietnam where she studied international business practices.

Heather has three boys, ages 15, 12, and 9 and lives in Louisville, Colorado. She is currently attending
Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver for an Executive MBA and is expected to graduate in March, 2017. Although the non-profit world is new to Heather, she strongly believes in preserving the environment and wildlife habitat for all species of the world which is why she joined the board for The Center for Snake Conservation.

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