Recovery Champions

Recovery Champions in the Pacific Region


The National Recovery Champion Award honors Fish and Wildlife Service employees and conservation partners throughout the United States who have made outstanding contributions to the recovery of endangered species. These individuals from the Pacific Region have received the

2014 National Recovery Champion Award:

Chadd Smith - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kilauea, Hawaii (Hawaiian waterbirds)

As the Engineering Equipment Operator for the Kaua'i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Chadd Smith has worked tirelessly to effectively restore and manage wetlands on the Complex, thus greatly improving the status of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. By increasing and effectively managing wetland acreage, populations of Hawaiian duck, Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian stilt, Hawaiian coot, and the Hawaiian goose (nēnē) have all shown significant population increases. Through effective communication and cooperation, his efforts have also considerably improved relationships with refuge taro farmers. The successes gained in endangered waterbird management at the Complex have been a model for and an inspiration to wetland managers across the islands.

Oregon Chub Interagency Recovery Team: Brian Bangs, Paul Scheerer, Greg Taylor, Kim Garner, Ann Gray, Pat DeHaan, Ron Rhew, Jock Beall, Jared Jebousek, and Chris Seal (Oregon chub)

The path to recovery for the Oregon chub would not have been successful without the leadership, professionalism, and solid science implemented by the Oregon Chub Interagency Recovery Team. The successful recovery of this small, inch-long fish in February 2015 was the result of the strong collaboration among the diverse partners represented on the recovery team. Recovery success is also due to the cooperation and stewardship of private landowners willing to have Oregon chub introduced to their properties, and to the team members that fostered the trust to create these opportunities. These collaborative partnerships are excellent examples of how the Endangered Species Act is intended to function to recover endangered species.


Recovery Champions from the Pacific Region in previous years:


Lisa Bellefond – Puget Sound Partnership, Tacoma, Washington (streaked horned lark, golden paintbrush)

Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program: Joan Yoshioka, Wendy Kishida, Steve Perlman, Susan Ching Harbin, Talia Portner, Joel Lau, Hank Oppenheimer, Keahi Bustamente, Ane Bakutis, Patty Pali, Kristen Coelho, Josh VanDeMark, Mike Long, Marie Bruegmann, and Vickie Caraway – Hilo, Hawaii (Hawaiian plant species)


Coastal Program Grants Team: Ginger Phalen and Curtis Tanner – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (bull trout, marbled murrelet, and Chinook salmon)

Northern Spotted Owl Modeling Team: Bob Anthony, Ray Davis, Katie Dugger, Jeffrey Dunk, Betsy Glenn, David LaPlante, Bruce Marcot, Martin Raphael, Nathan Schumaker, Jim Thrailkill, Brendan White, and Brian Woodbridge – Oregon State University, Humboldt State University, Natural Resources Geospatial, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (northern spotted owl)


Olympic National Park Team: Karen Gustin, Brian Winter, Pat Crain, and Sam Brenkman National Park Service, Port Angeles, Washington (Bull Trout, Puget Sound Chinook Salmon and Steelhead)

Clackamas River Basin Bull Trout Team: Brad Goehring, Jason Dunham, Jeff Boechler, Chris Allen, and Dan Shively Mt. Hood National Forest, U. S. Geological Survey, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Bull Trout)

Nihoa Millerbird Team: Walterbea Aldeguer, Fred Amidon, Tom Edgerton, Chris Farmer, Holly Freifeld, Lauren Greig, Robby Kohley, Michele Kuter, Peter Luscomb, Sheldon Plentovich, Rachel Rounds, Cameron Rutt, Tawn Speetjens, Matt Stelmach, Daniel Tsukayama, Eric VanderWerf, George E. Wallace, Thierry Work, and Lindsay Young U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, American Bird Conservancy, Honolulu Zoo, Pacific Rim Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey (Nihoa Millerbird)


Special Agent Keith Swindle – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Honolulu, Hawaii (Newell's shearwater)

Robert Robichaux, PhD – Hawaiian Silversword Foundation, Volcano, Hawaii (Mauna Loa silversword)


The Willamette Valley Prairie Restoration Team: Steve Smith, Jarod Jebousek, Chris Seal, Jock Beall, Nate Richardson, Mikki Collins, Kate Norman, Jeff Dillon, Cat Brown, and Rollie White – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, Portland, Oregon, and the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Corvallis, Oregon (Fender’s blue butterfly, Kincaid’s lupine, golden paintbrush, Nelson’s checker-mallow, Willamette daisy, and Bradshaw’s desert parsley


Jack Jeffrey – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Akiapolaau, `alala (Hawaiian crow), Hawaii akepa, Hawaii creeper, nene (Hawaiian goose), palila, Hawaiian hoary bat, and haha plant)

Dr. Dwayne K. Paige – Seattle Public Utilities (bull trout)


Holly Freifeld – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaiian petrel, Laysan Duck, Mariana fruit bat, and Newell's shearwater)

David Hays – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Washington (Columbia basin pygmy rabbit)


Joanne Stellini – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Lacey, Washington (marbled murrelet, northern spotted owl, bald eagle, bull trout, golden paintbrush, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Columbian white-tailed deer, Canadian lynx, grizzly bear)


Paul Scheerer – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Corvallis, Oregon (Oregon chub, Borax Lake chub, Foskett speckled dace, Warner sucker, Hutton tui chub)


Also see the individuals who have received the Pacific Region's Recovery Leader awards over the last several years.


Last updated: June 16, 2015
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