Kelley Myers named Eastern Tallgrass Prairie
Landscape Conservation Cooperative Coordinator
Kelley Myers, formerly with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is the new coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Kelley’s appointment by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius follows the retirement of former coordinator Glen Salmon, who retired in November 2016. While with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Kelley served as Conservation Recreation Division Administrator, overseeing fish and wildlife, state parks, forestry, land and water trail, real property acquisition, facility improvement and conservation law enforcement programs for the state of Iowa.
“I am excited for this opportunity to coordinate with my state colleagues and so many more partners, from conservation organizations to other federal agencies to teams within the Service, in our efforts to accomplish meaningful and broad-based conservation,” said Myers. “I look forward to bringing together professionals from across the region to explore and solve our complex problems and achieve the vision of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative and our many diverse members.”
Before joining the Service and as part of her role with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Kelley was co-chair along with Charlie Wooley of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She also served on a number of boards and councils, including the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, co-chair of the National Landscape Conservation Cooperative Council, secretary of the American Wind and Wildlife Institute, and board member of the Monarch Joint Venture, the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the National Fish Habitat Partnership Board and the North American Wetland Conservation Council. She has never missed an opportunity to promote Iowa's natural resources and discuss the challenges of delivering conservation in a working landscape.
“I’ve worked closely with Kelley as co-chair of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC for several years, and I know she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role,” said Charlie Wooley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Deputy Regional Director. “In addition, Kelley's communication and people skills will help us to further develop the many conservation partnerships we have in the Midwest.”
Kelley joined the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in 2003, initially serving as an attorney for the programs she ultimately led. She also managed renewable energy and efficiency grant programs for the state and in 2010 served as the General Counsel for the former Iowa Department of Economic Development, focusing on business development, flood recovery and disaster relief programs.
Kelley holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture (emphasis in Natural Resources) from the University of Missouri in Columbia and a law degree from Pennsylvania State University. Kelley began her new role in mid-January and is based at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City, Iowa. Kelley lives in Des Moines with her two young sons. They fill their free time traveling, camping, fishing and playing.
By Georgia Parham
Regional Office - External Affairs