News Release

January 8, 2014

Pacific Region Selects New Supervisor for Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office

Media Contacts:
Brent Lawrence, 503-231-6211 Brent_Lawrence@fws.gov

Long-time natural resources manager Michael Carrier has been appointed Supervisor for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   Carrier succeeds Brian T. Kelly, who retired from federal service on Dec. 31.

Carrier is currently Assistant Regional Director for Fishery Resources in the Pacific Region, leading the daily operation of the fisheries program and a network of 25 field stations with about 260 employees in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Hawaii. The network includes 15 national fish hatcheries producing approximately 60 million salmon and steelhead each year, three fish health centers, two fish and wildlife offices, three fisheries resources offices, the Service’s largest fish technology center and a Lower Snake River Compensation Program office.

“Idaho is vital for the conservation of wildlife in the Pacific Region,” Robyn Thorson, Pacific Region Director, said, “and the Service, our trust resources and partners will benefit from Mike’s proven leadership skills and cooperative approach to conservation.”

Carrier will lead a staff of approximately 60 employees, headquartered in Boise, with field stations in Spokane, Wash., and Chubbuck, Idaho.  These offices manage complex natural resource issues throughout Idaho, requiring broad collaboration on landscape scales with a variety of partners.  The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office’s core responsibilities include species conservation and recovery, private lands and conservation partnerships, listing and classification of endangered species, federal agency assistance and consultation, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing and hydropower activities, and the assessment of contaminants on natural resources.

Carrier said he is proud of the work accomplished by the Pacific Region Fisheries program, and looks forward to the challenges of the new position.

“The opportunity to lead the Service's fishery program over the past three years has been richly rewarding; both personally and professionally.  The opportunity to contribute to the Service's important work in Idaho will, without doubt, be equally rewarding,” Carrier said.

Added Thorson: “Mike’s contributions to conserving Fisheries’ resources have been immense in his time here.”

His contributions include serving as the lead representative for the Service in Columbia River Treaty Review, and a resulting recommendation that calls for Ecosystem Function to be included in a modernized treaty.  He also was a principal writer on the final report for the National Fish Hatchery System Review, and significantly advanced integration of co-management of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery with Nez Perce Tribe (per Snake River Basin Adjudication Settlement and Act).

Prior to his position as Assistant Regional Director for Fishery Resources, Carrier was coordinator of the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, forging a major new regional natural resource partnership to address impacts of climate change across a large landscape.  He was also Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s principal advisor on natural resource and environmental issues from 2004 to 2010. Before that he was Director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for four years. Prior to moving to Oregon, he served in a variety of management positions for natural resource agencies in Iowa and Indiana.

Carrier has a Master’s degree in natural resources from Ball State University and Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Western Michigan University.

He and his wife, Gayle, split their time between homes in Keizer, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho, where they have three children and four grandchildren. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting for upland game birds and spending time with his grandkids.

Carrier will assume his new duties on February 9, 2014.