Information and Education - Staff Biographies
Taylor Goforth - Taylor Goforth is originally from Virginia, but moved out west in her early twenties. Drawn by expansive countryside and few people, Taylor first lived in Corvallis, Oregon, where she finished a B.S. degree in psychology and adopted the bicycle as her preferred mode of transportation. She then moved to rural Colorado where she worked as an outdoor leadership instructor and lived in an intentional community engaged in organic farming and sustainability.
Taylor left the idyllic setting in Colorado to go to graduate school at the University of Idaho in 1994. Here she earned a social science master’s degree in environmental sciences. That fall, she discovered spawning coho salmon while volunteering as a wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. Her curiosity for this species eventually led her to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office in Lacey, Washington. Finally, after a 2½ month stay in Antarctica, where she cooked for scientists and tradespeople at the South Pole, she was hired as an Information and Education Specialist in the Information and Education program. She has worked as a media and communications assistant, specializing in restoration issues, partnerships, and the “Connecting People with Nature” initiative for the past 14 years.
Doug Zimmer - Doug Zimmer grew up in rural Montana where he wrote his first newspaper article at the age of nine. He has been involved with journalism ever since. He has been a newspaper, television, and radio reporter, a freelance outdoors writer with credits in several national magazines and worked as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He worked for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife as an external affairs officer/media coordinator for nearly a decade.
Since 1991, Doug has been the Supervisor of Information and Education for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, handling contact with the media, Congressional offices, and Native American tribes. He was chairman of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) Information and Education subcommittee for 5 years and during the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he served as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service External Affairs Liaison at the Incident Command Center in Robert, Louisiana, for more than a month. Doug lives on the Olympic Peninsula and is an active hunter, fisherman and backpacker. His idea of a great spring break is a multi-day solo hike on the wilderness beaches of the Olympic Peninsula. He holds a BA in journalism.