Role with the AFRP:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Coordinator, Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, Upper Sacramento River tributary streams.


Cow Creek


M.S., 1997, Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Management, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
Thesis Title: Freshwater Habitat Utilization of Juvenile Chinook Salmon (Onchorhyncus tshawtscha) in Camp Creek, Klamath Basin, California.

B.S., 1985, Range Management, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Previous Experience:

1993 – 2005: District Fisheries Biologist, Salmon River Ranger District, Klamath National Forest. Salmon River has the largest wild spring-run Chinook population in the Klamath River Basin. Watershed restoration activities were a large part of the district fisheries and watershed programs, particularly minimizing sediment introduction through road

1989 – 1993: Orleans Ranger District, Six Rivers National Forest. Started out as a Forestry Tech working on my thesis and metamorphosed into the District Fisheries Biologist.

1985 – 1989: During this time period I worked in recreation, range, wildlife, and fisheries on the Los Padres, Eldorado, and Tahoe National Forests.

Selected Projects and Publications:

Elder, D., B. Olson, A. Olson, P. Brucker, and J. Villeponteaux. 2002. Salmon River Subbasin Restoration Strategy: Steps to Recovery and Conservation of Aquatic Resources. Fish and Wildlife Service Interagency Agreement 14-48-113333-98-H019.

Other Interests:

Contact Information:

Brenda Olson
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10950 Tyler Road
Red Bluff, CA 96080-7762
(530) 527-3043 ext. N/A
Email: brenda_olson [just add]