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SACRAMENTO FWO: Conservation Champion Cay Goude Retires
California-Nevada Offices , June 17, 2015
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Cay Goude
Cay Goude - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Sarah Swenty

Cay Goude, Assistant Field Supervisor for the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife, retired in May 2015 after a long and distinguished career conserving endangered species in California and influencing the way conservation happens across the country.

Goude began her Federal Service career with the Army Corps of Engineers as a GS- 4 Park Ranger on Memorial Weekend in 1978 where her first assignment was directing traffic. Following that distinguished start, she later became an Environmental Planner with the Sacramento District Corps of Engineers until 1984 when the Service hired her. She gave up a promotion and permanent status to work for the Service and says it was one of her better decisions.

Ending her career on a high note, Cay Goude championed regional conservation plans and left us with standards and practices that honor the ESA and the people working on the ground. She believed and acted on the premise that the Service can administer the ESA with integrity, pride and partnerships without ever compromising its foundations.

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” - William James

Sarah Swenty is the Acting Assistant Field Supervisor, External Affairs at the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office, in Sacramento, California.

Contact Info: Pam Bierce, 916-414-6542, pamela_bierce@fws.gov
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