Experienced Biologist with over 7 years as a Conservation Biologist and 9 years as a District Wildlife Manager. Familiarity with population surveys; property monitoring; habitat evaluation; project planning, budgeting and management; use of temporary employees and volunteers; landowner interactions; NEPA process; and committee planning and direction.
South Platte Wetlands Focus Area Committee Chair 2006 - 2010
Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society Member 2006 - Present
Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Seminar Planning Committee - Present
Northeast CO Pheasants Forever Planning Committee 2002 - Present
Three Rivers Alliance Advisory Committee 2008 - Present
South Platte Basin Round Table Phreatophyte Control Subcommittee 2009/2010
Lower South Platte Watershed Plan Committee 2009/2010
Colorado Shortgrass Prairie Initiative 2006
NRCS Wetland Management Workshop August 2013
USFWS Land Based Wind Energy Guideline Training November 2012
ArcView GIS Training September 2012
DOW Conservation Easement Monitoring Workshop July 2009
Nuts & Bolts of Supervising State Employees Certificate August 2008
DOW Conservation Easement Monitoring Workshop July 2008
Nebraska Range Management Short Course June 2008
Riparian Evaluation and Management Training June 2007
Short Grass Prairie Plant ID Workshop June 2007
NRCS Range Management Seminar/Workshop July 2001
Colorado State Foresters Master Forester Certification May 2000
Coordination of Area, USFWS and/or SLB commenting and private sector biological surveys for 16 proposed wind energy projects in 5 counties; recognize Federal nexus/NEPA triggers in energy project proposals; work with energy developers to micro-site turbines to protect wildlife and plant resources; assist in planning, surveying, budgeting and permitting for several SWA slough and sand bar clearing and water augmentation projects; assist with planning and surveying of USFWS - Partners for Fish and Wildlife waterfowl projects on private land; facilitated Area evaluation of proposed habitat improvement and land acquisition projects; conducted baseline biological surveys on three conservation easements; perform annual monitoring and reporting of 12 conservation easements; work with landowners on private land projects to protect plant and shrub communities; planned and conducted annual surveys and provide reports for bald eagles, nesting raptors, colonial nesting birds, and greater prairie chicken and plains sharp tailed grouse leks - in Areas 3 and 4; coordinated 2012 moose survey and produced report in Area 1; coordinated staff and volunteer effort for 2011 Mt. Evans Big Horn Sheep and Mountain Goat Survey and produced survey report; participated in annual big horn sheep and mountain goat surveys, marmot and pika occupancy studies, breeding bird surveys, winter waterfowl counts, and winter bird counts; assisted with ground truthing of aerial black tailed prairie dog colony data in the NE and SE Regions; annual black footed ferret spotlighting surveys in the NW Region; and management of game cameras for a multi-county swift fox survey effort.
Additional activities include: currently assisting in developing the NE Region Raptor Monitoring Protocol; currently serving on Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council planning committee; member of South Platte Basin Round Table Phreatophyte control subcommittee 2009 - 2010; member of Lower South Platte Watershed Plan committee 2009 - 2010; attendance of grazing workshops and seminars; attended annual symposiums for the Colorado Weed Management Society and the Colorado Section of the Society for Range management; and attended Colorado Shortgrass Prairie initiative meetings at the Fox Ranch 2006.
This position requires the management of a personal budget and provides annual suggestions for time and budget planning; daily use of a 4WD truck and seasonal use and/or maintenance of ATV's, boats, and horses; and frequent and regular collection of GPS data and use of GIS programs such as Arc View.
Seasonal hiring and management of a temporary employee(s) to achieve project goals and managing that person's equipment and field budget. Provided instruction several times a year at CSU Outdoor Skills Workshops.
Functioned as DWM and interacted with the public at International Sportsman's Expo; gave instruction on a variety of topics at Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops; used volunteers to assist with clinics and programs; and managed the process to acquire a SWA in Logan County. Performed annual monitoring of conservation easements on the district. Worked with landowners on grazing plans and range management techniques.
Functioned as a DWM and planned and coordinated lesser prairie chicken surveys on private land and the Comanche National Grassland with DOW, USFS and NRCS staff and multiple landowners. Worked to resolve landowner concerns on pronghorn and black tailed prairie dog conflicts and used NRCS WHIP and EQIP programs to improve wildlife habitat.
Achieved P.O.S.T. Certification and received training to become a District Wildlife Manager including implementation of Farm Bill programs; wilderness interpretation; conducting educational programs and BLM, USFS, and USFWS agency interfaces.
Supervised 12 person staff including interviewing, hiring, firing, training and scheduling.
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