Evan 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.”