Marty Schnure

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Basic Info
Wild Gift Class Year: 
2013
Better World Expertise: 
Conservation & Stewardship
Current Occupation: 
Founder of Maps for Good & Cartographic Designer at The Wilderness Society
Impacts of My Work: 
conservation, public lands, science communication

Marty Schnure is a visual storyteller and conservationist. She founded Maps for Good with Ross Donihue in 2012 with the mission of creating maps and media to promote conservation initiatives and connect people with wild places. Her work with Maps for Good has taken her to wildlands around the world, some highlights being mapping the future Patagonia National Park in southern Chile, creating science communication stories on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, mapping a Bellbird corridor in Costa Rica, and developing interactive maps of the then-proposed Bears Ears National Monument. She currently works for The Wilderness Society, where she leads cartographic design and map-based storytelling for public lands conservation and advocacy nationwide.

Though now incurably in love with the west, Marty’s roots lie in New England, where she grew up on the coast of Massachusetts and earned a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont. Before founding Maps for Good, Marty got her start in cartography at National Geographic Maps and National Geographic Magazine. She stays involved with the Society as a National Geographic Explorer with the Expeditions Council, which has funded multiple Maps for Good projects. She lives in Seattle. 

Marty was a Wild Gift fellow in 2013 and a co-leader on the 2018 trek. She is thrilled to be part of the Wild Gift family.