Sam Hitt has been active in conservation issues in the Southwest for nearly 40 years. He founded Elk Mountain Action in the early 1980s to protect old growth forests and in 1989 Forest Guardians (now WildEarth Guardians). He is currently the founder and director of Wild Watershed, a volunteer group working on aquatic conservation in the Southwest. Sam serves as president of the Santa Fe Forest Coalition. Wild Watershed is a member group.