Conserving the Nature of America
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Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region Selects New Supervisor for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office

January 26, 2021

Contact(s):

Allyson Turner, ally_turner@fws.gov



BOISE, Idaho – Long-serving natural resource professional, Chris Swanson, has been named State Supervisor for the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office (IFWO) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). 

Swanson is currently the Deputy State Supervisor of the IFWO and has been acting as the State Supervisor since August 2019.  Swanson brings strong leadership to the IFWO through his emphasis on people and collaborative partnerships in the delivery of the Service’s conservation mission.  He has an established track record of successful conservation and science leadership.  He acquired this experience working in diverse habitat regions from the south eastern United States to the Prairie Potholes and the Pacific Northwest, including five field stations and two Regional Offices. Swanson has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in building teams and managing staff to achieve desired conservation outcomes and has helped develop the strong partnerships that are essential to achieving the Service’s mission.  

“Home to numerous iconic species and habitat types, Idaho has many important conservation opportunities for the Columbia-Pacific Northwest Region,” says Robyn Thorson, Columbia-Pacific Northwest Regional Director. “The Service, our trust resources, and partners will benefit from Chris’s proven leadership skills and cooperative approach to conservation.”

Swanson will lead a staff of approximately 48 employees in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Chubbuck, Idaho.  These offices manage complex natural resource issues throughout Idaho, requiring broad collaboration on landscape scales with a variety of partners.  The IFWO’s core responsibilities include species conservation and recovery, private lands and conservation partnerships, listing and classification of endangered species, Federal agency assistance and consultation, and the assessment of contaminants on natural resources.

“Chris’s experience in partnering and collaboration are traits that really stand out for him and will be a valuable skill in leadership of the IFWO,” added Thorson. 

Swanson received a B.S., M.S., and PhD from South Dakota State University.  His PhD Dissertation focused on sage-grouse ecology in the eastern edge of their range.  Swanson and his family will remain in Boise, Idaho where they currently reside.  He enjoys spending time outdoors and at a diversity of youth sports activities with his wife and their three children. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit www.fws.gov/pacific, or connect with us through facebook.com/USFWSPacific, twitter.com/USFWSPacific/, flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/, Instagram.com/@usfws, and youtube.com/user/USFWS.


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