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R&E Board Spotlight: Kay Brown

Waterfall_on_Sandy_River_-_panoramio-smKay Brown may be new to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Restoration & Enhancement Board, but for her the work feels very familiar.

That’s because Brown brings with her a lot of budgeting know-how and more than 30 years of ODFW experience, most of them as a fish biologist and operations manager.
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Meet the Bio: Tom Rumreich

Tom RumreichWhen Tom Rumreich was hired by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it was five days after he graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in fisheries science.

“Ever since I was 15 years old when I decided I wanted to be a fish biologist, I wanted to do something positive for fisheries resources,” Rumreich said.

And, in this career, as a Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program biologist, Rumreich said he’s had many opportunities to do exactly that. Continue Reading →

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Meet the Bio: Katherine Nordholm

Katherine NordholmWhen Katherine Nordholm was in high school, she toured a Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program fish hatchery in the Coos Bay area.

She found herself so interested in the program, that by summer she had joined it as a volunteer.

Now, more than a decade later and with two college degrees behind her, Nordholm is a STEP biologist who works out of the Springfield office.

“It really just kind of sprung out of the experience and really enjoying the fisheries work that I did there, and wanting to make it a career,” Nordholm said. “I always thought this would be the best job ever, and now I have it.”

Nordholm, who was raised in Coos Bay, has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in fisheries science, both from Oregon State University.

In addition to volunteering for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for many years, Nordholm also worked for the department for about five years between degrees, in an entry-level position, where she did stream and coho spawning surveys and worked on the salmonid life-cycle monitoring project.

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Meet the Bio: Ryan Battleson

Ryan Battleson

Ryan Battleson, STEP’s Upper Rogue District biologist, has experience working the entire Rogue watershed, with stints in ODWF’s Gold Beach office and as a crew leader for Lower Rogue steelhead before taking his current position. His district is comprised of the upper Rogue basin east to Crater Lake and from the Cascade Range to the highest reaches of the coast range to the west.

In addition to survey work (see the lead story in this issue), Battleson works with government agencies and fishing club presidents as a member of the area watershed council, coordinates a spring salmon eggs-to-fry program for about 20 area schools, manages small riparian restoration projects, and works hand-in-hand with small stream urban landowners to increase habitat.

“This district is somewhat unique because we don’t have any large STEP hatcheries, as we sit in a highly populated area centered in the Rogue watershed. That makes the needs of the district different than most,” Battleson noted.

Did You know:

STEP volunteers improved more than 650 miles of waterways for fish last year alone through fish passage, riparian and fish carcass placement projects, and the Keep Oregon Rivers Clean (KORC) program. Get involved!

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Meet the Bio: Evan Leonetti

Evan LeonettiEvan Leonetti started his career in Douglas County in 2005 after getting his degree in fisheries and wildlife at OSU. Today his career has come full circle as STEP’s newest biologist, covering the Umpqua region, which runs from Diamond Lake in the Cascades to Reedsport and Gardner on the coast.

“It’s a large, diverse area. One day I might be on the coast coordinating winter steelhead broodstock with local guides. The next I could be high the Cascades on a horse stocking rainbow trout in a remote Douglas County lake. Later on in that week, I might be working with local guides to conduct floating adult spawning surveys,” said Leonetti.

And when he’s not in the field, you’ll likely find Leonetti in a classroom teaching young children about trout through the egg-to-fry program. He provides eggs for 33 classrooms in his district.

Leonetti’s goal is “to expand beyond production projects, by focusing on more restoration in the future.”

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