U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
I am a California native, having grown up in the Monterey area. My interest in the outdoors and wildlife began early, with our family vacations of month-long trips every summer into the back country of Yosemite and to the family farm in Iowa, and skiing. I attended Monterey Peninsula Junior College and Utah State University, majoring in wildlife biology. I have worked for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 44 years, all on national wildlife refuges (NWR); starting at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah, then assistant refuge manager jobs at Fish Springs NWR in Utah – considered the most isolated refuge in the Lower 48, Charles Russell NWR in Montana, Merced NWR, and Sacramento NWR Complex. I then became the first refuge manager of Humboldt Bay NWR in northern California, and have been the manager at the San Luis NWR Complex for 20 years.
The San Luis NWR Complex is one of the larger complexes in the region, with approximately 30 employees. We focus on managing wetland habitat for up to ½-million waterfowl and ¼-million shorebirds, the second largest riparian forest restoration in California, recovery and de-listing of the Aleutian cackling goose, captive propagation and reintroduction of the highly-endangered riparian brush rabbit, a public use program for about 120,000 visitors per year, implementing a large prescribed fire program, managing a conservation easement program on 190 properties, and designing and building a large visitor center/office that is the first LEED Platinum building in the FWS.