Michael A. Mantell

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Michael Mantell "works on strategic conservation philanthropy, habitat planning, and conservation finance. Mr. Mantell founded the Resources Law Group to help design and administer initiatives for philanthropic foundations and individuals, landowners, and government agencies that result in significant conservation achievements. Since the late 1990s, he has designed and participated in programs and projects that achieved extensive conservation outcomes for land and ocean resources and broadened the leadership and constituency for natural resources protection. Previously, as Undersecretary for Resources for the State of California, he oversaw the $2.8 billion Resources Agency. Prior to that, he was General Counsel for the World Wildlife Fund and a Deputy City Attorney in Los Angeles. Mr. Mantell served as Campaign Chair of the recently passed Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion bond measure providing critical investments in California’s coastal, water, and land resources. Mr. Mantell is author and co-author of several books and articles, the recipient of several national conservation awards, and serves on the Board of Directors of Resources for the Future and on the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society." [1]


  • Creating Successful Communities: A Guidebook to Growth Management Strategies, (1990) by Michael A. Mantell, Stephen F. Harper, Luther Propst, Conservation Foundation Staff (Island Press), ISBN 1559630140 (1-55963-014-0)
  • Managing National Park System Resources: A Handbook on Legal Duties, Opportunities, and Tools, (1990) by Michael A. Mantell (World Wildlife Fund), ISBN
  • Resource Guide for Creating Successful Communities, (1990) by Conservation Foundation Staff, Michael A. Mantell, Stephen F. Harper, Luther Propst (Island Press), ISBN 1559630159 (1-55963-015-9)

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  1. Michael A. Mantell, Resources Law Group, accessed October 3, 2008.