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Project Leader - Pam Sponholtz Pam Sponholtz
Project Leader, Lakewood CO


Pam started her career with the Environmental Protection Agency sampling zooplankton on the Great Lakes. After an awe-inspiring trip to the Grand Canyon in 1995, Pam moved to Arizona and obtained her master’s degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University where she investigated native and non-native fish relationships in conjunction with habitat alteration in the Upper Verde River. After working for Arizona Game and Fish Department as the State Aquatic Habitat Specialist, she started working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on recovery and monitoring of native fishes in the northern part of Arizona, including the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park. Her current position with the Service includes recovery and conservation efforts for listed fish and wildlife species on Department of Defense lands and in Rocky Mountain National Park.



Max CanestorpMax Canestorp
Natural and Cultural Resource Manager, Pueblo Chemical Depot, Pueblo, CO


Max has been with the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office since 1988, having worked on six Army and Air Force installations in two regions in that time. Duties with his current position have included the development and implementation of management plans; conducting field projects such as wildlife surveys and invasive species control; resolving wildlife conflict issues; assessing potential impacts to natural and cultural resources from military operations; and coordinating with other agencies and tribes to further the mission of the Service.



Chris Kennedy
Chris Kennedy
Fish Biologist, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO


Chris has been in his current position for over 15 years and primarily works within Rocky Mountain National Park conducting fish surveys. Chris has also done work at the U. S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Rocky Flats and Peterson Air Force Base. In addition he is involved in range-wide management for the federally threatened greenback cutthroat trout and the Colorado River cutthroat trout. An avid interest of Chris’ is the history of fish in Colorado which he has researched for about 10 years.



BSM and best friend.JPGBrian Mihlbachler
Natural Resources Manager, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO


Brian is located at the U.S. Air Force Academy where his responsibilities include fisheries, wildlife, and rangeland management; outdoor recreation; watershed management; erosion control and vegetation; and threatened and endangered species. With an educational background is in biology and rangeland science, he has gained 22 years of experience in natural resource management and conservation from assignments with various partners such as the Army, Air Force, Bureau of Reclamation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.



Krystal Phillips
Krystal Phillips
Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, CO


Krystal joined the Service in 2006 upon graduating from University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. With five years of active duty military service under her belt, she began her USFWS career on Fort Carson Military Reservation with the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO), as a Biological Science Technician performing agronomy, avian, fish, and wildlife surveys. At present, Krystal is the Natural and Cultural Resource Manager responsible for the program development, management, and execution of natural and cultural resources projects on Buckley Air Force Base (BAFB) in support of maintaining military readiness. Her most recent accomplishment was the tripartite - USFWS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and U.S. Air Force, finalization of the BAFB Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan under the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. 670 et seq., as amended). Krystal received her graduate degree in 2012, from University of Denver, in Environmental Policy and Management with emphasis in natural resources.




Timothy Grosch
Timothy Grosch
Natural Resources Manager, Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne WY


Tim came to the Colorado Fish and Wildlife Conservation office from working on a proposed wind project near Saratoga, WY where he was in charge of all Greater Sage-Grouse activities ranging from capture/release, to brood and nest monitoring, to public relations. Prior to this, he was the Hunt Management Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in which he was responsible for the Hunter Management and Access Program in Hunt Areas 5 and 6 of the Laramie Mountains. He also worked for the Arizona Game and Fish Department as a Native Fish and Invertebrate Biologist where he had the opportunity to work with various wildlife species of all sizes. He credits the USDA Wildlife Services Program for starting his federal career as an Urban Specialist for the state of Arizona aiding in livestock protection and human health and safety concerns. With an extensive background in wildlife management, he plans to implement natural resources programs focused on nuisance wildlife prevention and re-establish the fishing programs at Warren Air Force Base where he is currently located.





Diane StrohmDiane Strohm
Natural Resource Manager U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO


Diane has managed the Academy forestry and wildland fuels programs since 2004. Prior to this, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 25 years in Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Colorado. While attending Colorado State University, she also worked for their Forest Service program. She completed her forestry graduate study at West Virginia and Syracuse Universities, with her thesis on silvicultural strategies to enhance wintering wildlife habitat. She lives just north of the Academy with her husband Mark and their collie McKenzie.



Greg SpeightsGreg Speights
Biological Science Technician U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO


Greg is committed to furthering the mission of conserving and protecting wildlife for future generations. After 29 years with the Air Force Academy, he joined the Service in 2003 and has since had the opportunity to live on a barge in the Mississippi delta for a month while assisting in the recovery of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. It is with this experience that allows Greg to appreciate his true office at the Academy where he states that it’s like “working on a picture postcard!”



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Steve Wallace
Forestry Technician U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO


Steve started in the Federal government as a Young Adult Conservation Corps crew leader for the U.S. Forest Service. He subsequently served as a member of the Pike Interagency Hotshot crew on the Pike National Forest for six seasons followed by six years of operating a fire engine for the Angeles National Forest. In 1993, he joined the Service at his current position located at the Air Force Academy where his main focus is forestry and fuels management.





Last updated: January 23, 2014

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