Building a Strong Team in SONEC, a Quarterly Report

This report summarizes conservation planning and habitat accomplishments by partner biologist positions in the Oregon portion of SONEC (Southern Oregon-Northeastern California) for the Working Wet Meadows Initiative (WWMI). Specific conservation planning and habitat enhancement objectives are identified in the Oregon SONEC Business Plan.

The following are brief highlights from the SONEC WWMI Quarterly Report for July-September 2016:

  • Representatives from the IWJV, NRCS, FWS and DU interviewed multiple candidates for SONEC Coordinator position in November. They will be announcing their hire soon. 
  • The IWJV Management Board met in late September in Bend, Oregon. The Board directed IWJV staff to move forward with developing a comprehensive strategy to address long-term working wetland conservation across the Intermountain West. The SONEC WWMI provides important “lessons learned” that will help us expand actions across the IWJV. 
  • We are pleased to announce that Kaitlin Hasler was hired to fill the NRCS Lake County partner biologist position. Hasler was raised on the family ranch in eastern Oregon and has a BS in Wildlife Biology with an emphasis on range management and veterinary science from Utah State University. She began working on September 6 and is stationed in the Lake County NRCS Field Office and hosted by the Wildlife Management Institute.

The IWJV staff and partners continue to implement and participate in habitat delivery projects, presentations, meetings and other outreach opportunities that forward the goals of the Working Wet Meadows Initiative. Please find the full quarterly reports here.