Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery
Pacific Region


Columbia River Gorge NFH Complex Manager
Mike Clark
moved to the Columbia River Gorge to become Complex Manager in August of 2016 after 13 years in Washington, D.C.  After ten years with the National Marine Fisheries Service working on Atlantic Swordfish, Sharks, and Tunas management and three years with the Department of State working on North Pacific fisheries treaties he decided it was time to get back to "squeezing fish".  He received a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology at the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in fisheries biology at Virginia Tech University.  He is still adjusting to the fact that he can go mountain biking, skiing, or fishing right out his back door and park within a block of Hood River's fine eating and drinking establishments on a Friday evening - but making good progress.

Spring Creek NFH Manager
ave Carie serves as the hatchery manager and also as the Deputy Complex Manager for the Columbia River Gorge NFH Complex. Dave oversees the day-to-day operation of Spring Creek NFH and assists the other five Complex managers with their facilities operations as needed. Dave is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and has worked for the FWS for 26 years.

Fishery Biologist - This position is currently vacant.

Fish Culture
Three Fish Culturists: Scott Zirjacks, Chris Hankin and Jeremiah Youtsey are responsible for collecting eggs from the returning adult salmon, care and inventory of the eggs, and the care and feeding of the 10.5 million fingerlings before release.

Jorge Alcala is the Facilities Operations Specialist for the Complex.  He joined us after his return from the most current deployment to Kuwait serving as a Contracting Officer Representative. He has almost 15 years of military service working as an Electrician for the United States Air Force; served 11 years in active duty, then transferred to the Air Force Reserves to continue serving the country. His interest in the renewable energy and the electrical field led him to complete a course as a Wind Turbine Technician, which landed a job for him in the semiconductor industry. He worked as a Customer Engineer for Applied Materials directly supporting and maintaining Intel’s multimillion dollar equipment and facilities maintenance for the microchip development. As a Reservist, Jorge’s duty is to train, equip, and prepare Airman to be ready to respond for mobility operations worldwide.

Maintenance employee Mark Doulos is the staff-person at the hatchery being responsible for maintenance activities to support the hatchery fish production program as well as all logistics around the water re-use system.

Lori Orr began her federal career as an Administrative Assistant at Carson NFH in 2000, and in 2005 became the Administrative Officer for the former Little White Salmon/Willard NFH Complex.   Lori provides guidance to managers and staff in all areas of administration.  Her primary focus is budget analysis, formulation, and tracking of over $6 million dollars for the 6-hatchery Gorge Complex. 

Program Assistant
Debbie Hogberg is the stations Program Assistant. Debbie processes time and attendance, travel, pays the bills, processes personnel actions, and all the other administrative tasks.

The station also has an active Information and Education program under the direction of Cheri Anderson and Jennifer Rowlen. Cheri came to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in October 1998 after spending nearly eight years working as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service. Cheri has a B.A. in Education for Biology and Reading and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. Jennifer has a B.A. in Geography and Ecology from San Diego State University and an M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon State College. She has enjoyed working for the U.S. Forest Service and various Conservation organizations prior to joining USFWS.

Last updated: October 25, 2017
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