Deputy director to talk about fish, wildlife issues

Staff reportFebruary 23, 2014 

Joe Stohr, deputy director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will offer an update on the department and the issues it faces at the Feb. 26 meeting of the Olympia chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Stohr will provide information on new issues and programs concerning the state’s fisheries. He also will answer questions about management plans directed by the Legislature, commission-sponsored programs and programs being carried forward from 2013. The agency’s budget for 2014 also will be discussed.

Stohr is from Yakima and has a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and a master of science in health physics/radiological sciences from the University of Washington.

The early part of his career was spent at the state Department of Health studying health effects to the public associated with Hanford operations, followed by management of state regulatory programs during the Hanford transition from nuclear weapons production to environmental cleanup. He then served as the Department of Ecology programs manager for oil/hazardous substance spill prevention and response, He has also managed the state Water Rights Program and served as water policy advisor for the department directors.

Stohr joined the fish and wildlife agency as a deputy director in 2007. He oversees the department’s budget and finance, capital project management, performance and accountability, fleet and risk management, and human resources operations.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

Light refreshments will be provided, and all attending can participate in the fishing equipment raffle.

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