Staff and Volunteers

Who We Are


Steve Schubert

Steve Schubert has played a pivotal role in manifesting the Hi Mtn Lookout Project for more than 25 years. Steve worked with Peregrine Falcons at Huff’s Hole in the 1970’s and 1980’s and has maintained a vision of restoring the Lookout as a research station and interpretive center ever since. His tireless duties now range from fundraising, to giving presentations to rallying project support, to managing all Lookout related activities and events. Steve served several years on the board and is past-president of Morro Coast Audubon Society. He lives in Los Osos, CA, where he works as an environmental educator with Camp Keep.


Sunset over the Santa Lucia Wilderness


Kevin demonstrating the original fire finder at Hi Mountain

Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper is a retired forest biologist for Los Padres National Forest. Like Steve, Kevin has contributed more than two decades of dedicated involvement with the Hi Mountain Lookout Project and has played a pivotal role in restoring the lookout. Kevin is an excellent craftsman and has contributed significantly to the refurbishment, maintenance, and upkeep of the Lookout. Kevin lives in San Luis Obispo and can be spotted riding his bike up to the Lookout when he’s not running marathons or triathlons.

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Torrey Gage-Tomlinson

Torrey is a senior at Cal Poly studying biology and is working with Hi Mountain to help resume operations following closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He currently manages the Hi Mountain Lookout Website as well as collaborating with Cal Poly and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on several Hi Mountain projects. Though he only recently started working with Hi Mountain, Torrey has worked several jobs in the ornithology field in Oregon, California, and Montana. Originally from a small town in Oregon, Torrey has been a bird enthusiast since day one and maintains a world life list that is pushing 2,000 species. He can often be seen searching for birds (including Condors, of course) in the greater SLO area.


Cal Poly summer interns at Hi Mountain Lookout