Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region

Meet Our Staff

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Richard R. Starr, Supervisory Biologist/Landscape Architect

Mr. Starr is currently Chief of the Habitat Restoration Division within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Annapolis, Maryland.  He has 20 years experience in watershed assessment, planning management and restoration.  His supervisory responsibilities include leading and managing the Stream Habitat Assessment and Restoration group, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and the Schoolyard Habitats Program. Division projects include on-the-ground stream and wetland restoration, stream and wetland assessment and design protocol development, functional stream and wetland assessment training, watershed and functional stream assessment, project design review, and strategic planning.  The success of his Division is through the numerous partnerships he has formed with Federal, State, and local agencies, and non-governmental organizations to leverage resources, meet multi-objectives, and maximize environmental benefits.

He leads comprehensive and critical studies for major watershed-based ecosystem restoration projects.  He has also lead comprehensive studies for water resources development projects, such as, flood protection, water supply and recreation.  He has extensive experience in project planning including developing study goals and multiple objectives, identifying significant issues and project effects, developing project plan alternatives, and leading plan formulation and selection.  He has developed, designed, and monitored plans for wildlife and fisheries habitat enhancement projects, stream restoration projects, stormwater management, and floodplain management projects.  He has also developed numerous stream assessment protocols, tools and training courses.


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Ben Hutzell

A Biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His expertise includes stream restoration assessment, stream restoration design and project implementation management. Ben has been directly involved with the implementation of over 30,000 linear feet of stream restoration and is currently working on multiple stream restoration projects and dam removals across the Mid-Atlantic region.  

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Mark A. Secrist

Mr. Secrist is biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis, MD; where he is currently the program leader for the Stream Habitat and Restoration group.  He has nearly 20 years of experience conducting stream and watershed assessments, developing stream restoration designs, project design review, and providing construction management on restoration projects. 

Last updated: May 24, 2013