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Pacific Region Selects Rollie White as New Ecological Services Program Leader

June 14, 2016


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Rollie White Credit: USFWS

PORTLAND, Oregon – Rollie White has been selected as the new Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services in the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). He will start this new position on July 14.

White, who is currently the Deputy State Supervisor for the Service’s Oregon Ecological Service Field Office, has been with the Service for 24 years and is recognized nationally for his innovative approaches to Endangered Species Act (ESA) implementation. He has a proven record of collaborative approaches to ESA work, including the successful recovery and delisting of the Oregon chub. The fish is now thriving in the wild.  

“When reviewing candidates for senior leadership positions in the Pacific Region, we value capability as well as character, and Rollie distinguishes himself as a great partner, colleague, and public servant,” said Robyn Thorson, Regional Director of the Service’s Pacific Region. “One of Rollie’s strengths is that he values the importance of our partners. He actively works with state, local and federal partners, tribes and private landowners to find collaborative solutions for conserving and recovering wildlife resources.”

White will lead the daily operations of the Ecological Services program, which covers Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. The program has about 350 employees across the region.

The Ecological Service program has a wide range of responsibilities, including identifying species on the verge of extinction and helping build the road to recovery through the Endangered Species Act; ensuring that fish and wildlife resources are considered by agencies during project planning and structure construction; protecting and restoring coastal resources; partnering with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats; and investigating the effects and clean-up of contaminants and restoring polluted habitats.

“I am excited to take on this new role with the Service,” White said. “While I expect the challenges ahead to be significant, I take comfort in the fact that with such great people and partnerships across the region, we will be able to accomplish remarkable things. We’ll continue to use a collaborative approach to tackling some tough issues. Our collaboration on greater sage-grouse in Oregon was a model used throughout the country, and I plan to continue working together in this manner to find solutions to conservation issues.”

White received a B.S. In Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a M.S. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.  He lives in southwest Portland with his wife, and two daughters. 

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