By Published On: January 12, 2024

New Staff Hired in IWJV’s Science and Sagebrush Programs

There are two new IWJV team members that we are delighted to introduce to all of our partners: Teagan Hayes and Charlie Holtz!

Teagan Hayes is our new Science to Implementation Specialist (S2I) who joined IWJV in November 2023. In this role, she is working with partners to identify and address barriers around integrating science and geospatial data into management policy, planning, and implementation. Teagan’s skillset is specifically focused on supporting partners in applying the Wetland Evaluation Tool, Rangeland Analysis Platform, and other geospatial resources to their conservation and management needs related to wetland, sagebrush, and forest habitats. Learn more about IWJV’s S2I work here.

Teagan shared that in 2008 she completed a 1400-mile bicycle trip south through the Rocky Mountains and that experience continues to fuel her conservation passion today. 

“Since that adventure, I’ve strived to learn all I can about large-scale wildlife movement, the issues they face, and local conservation efforts,” she said. “With the IWJV, I hope to contribute to this work by bringing together scientific research, data visualization and mapping tools, and my experience in the West’s diverse habitats to help landowners and managers make conservation decisions for the greatest good.”

Based in Missoula, Montana, Teagan is an active member of the region’s conservation communities and an avid supporter of the people who make our lives and the world around us a better, more peaceful place. Outside of work, she spends time foraging for mushrooms, appreciating nature great and small, as well as traveling and exploring on feet, skis, and bikes.

Feel free to reach out to Teagan at: teagan.hayes@iwjv.org

Charlie Holtz is our new Sagebrush Field Delivery Capacity Specialist. Charlie started with IWJV in early January 2024. His work with the sagebrush habitat team is focused on partner-supported, conservation-delivery field positions. He has a great amount of experience in that he held similar positions throughout his early career. In this role he is responsible for providing tools and partnership support to the unique biologists and range specialists established through IWJV’s intra-agency agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands. Charlie will work with the IWJV’s sagebrush team to continue to support the existing positions while growing new capacity in strategically placed areas across the West. 

One of his professional passions is in multiple-use public land management with an emphasis on wildlife habitat and the interconnectedness and relationships between these public lands and private working lands. 

“With the IWJV I look forward to fostering relationships with land managers, both public and private, by improving collaboration to co-steward lands that support the multiple uses of these lands’ resources,” he said. “By providing partnership coordination between partner-driven Sage Capacity Team members, and their supporting partners, I intend to accelerate conservation on working lands to sustain vibrant wildlife communities and the habitat they need to flourish. Acting as the Sagebrush Field Delivery Capacity Specialist with the IWJV I will promote and build partnerships across numerous land ownerships including agencies, organizations, and private lands to deliver conservation and restoration efforts on a landscape level approach.”

Based in Vernal, Utah, Charlie enjoys the outdoors through many activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, and camping, as well as music, sports, and art. He is a grateful father of a 12-year-old daughter and two chocolate labs.

Charlie said he is looking forward to building greater partnerships throughout the West. Contact him at: charlie.holtz@iwjv.org