Blake Murden

Chief Operating Officer & Director of Land Stewardship, Shield Ranch & Shield Ranch Foundation

Blake is responsible for a broad array of administrative functions, as well as the conservation management and operations of three private ranches in Central and West Texas. Prior to joining the Shield Ranch in 2016, Blake was the Director of Wildlife and Fisheries for Port Blakely, where he oversaw the natural resource management of forestlands in Washington, Oregon, and New Zealand. He has more than 25 years of experience managing, researching, and monitoring land, water, and wildlife resources on private lands.

Blake serves on the Board of the Texas Land Conservancy, serves on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee, and has been an active member of The Wildlife Society for almost 30 years, where he’s held several volunteer and leadership positions at the national and state level.

Blake received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Tarleton State University, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He and his wife April reside in Driftwood, Texas with their two teenage children, McKenzi and Marshall.