New Ecological Services Field Supervisor in Louisiana
Jim Boggs, a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the new Field Supervisor of the Service’s Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office. From 2004 until January 2007, Boggs served as Deputy Field Supervisor of the field office. During 2007, he became acting Field Supervisor following the retirement of former Field Supervisor Russell Watson.
“We couldn’t have made a better choice,” said Sam D. Hamilton, the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. “Jim has been involved in the leadership of our Louisiana Field Office for about four years, and he has an extensive background in, habitat conservation, wildlife issues, and endangered species.”
As Field Supervisor of the Louisiana Office, Boggs will lead a staff of 24 people and will oversee Ecological Services activities in support of fish, migratory birds, and 21 federally-listed endangered or threatened species in Louisiana, including the Louisiana black bear and the Louisiana pine snake. The Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office also actively contributes to the restoration of impaired coastal wetlands by planning, designing, and constructing projects authorized and funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA). The field office represents the Service as one of six cooperating agencies on the CWPPRA Task Force and also very active in coordinating fish and wildlife conservation issues with three district offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in addition to state resource agencies and parish governments. Ecological Services is also responsible for implementing the Endangered Species Act of 1973, one of the most comprehensive wildlife conservation laws in the world.
“I look forward to working with our partners on the globally significant issues we face together,” said Boggs. “From hurricane recovery to wetlands research and restoration, our talented staff continues to provide critically important contributions for fish and wildlife resources in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.”
Boggs began his Service career in 1998 as a biologist in the South Florida Ecological Services Field Office in Vero Beach, Florida. He coordinated several Everglades restoration projects authorized by the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) with the Jacksonville District Corps of Engineers. In 2001, he assumed duties as that station’s Environmental Contaminants Specialist, supporting the Everglades restoration effort through the pre-acquisition evaluation of often impacted agricultural lands under consideration for incorporation into CERP features and facilities.
He began his federal career in 1994, working for the Tulsa, Oklahoma District Corps of Engineers as a National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Coordinator. In this position, Boggs addressed often complex natural resource issues associated with 29 water resource development projects within the Red, Arkansas, and Neosho river basins in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas.
From 1991 to 1994, Boggs served the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, as the state’s Clean Lakes Coordinator, performing investigations related to reservoir restoration projects from1991 to 1994. He began his career in natural resource conservation in 1989 as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
A native Oklahoman, Boggs holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology (1977) and a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology (1989) from Oklahoma State University. He is a 20-year member of The Wildlife Society and a Certified Wildlife Biologist. He and his wife of 15 years, Laura, have two children, Michael and Josh. In his spare time, Boggs enjoys playing guitar, camping, canoeing, fishing, and working out.
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