Shauna Hanisch-Kirkbride, Managing Director

Shauna has been the director of LCFEG since 2018. She started her career working for the USFS (spotted owls) and the USFWS (California condors) among other seasonal stints.  Prior to joining LCFEG and returning to her hometown of Vancouver, she worked in Washington DC and Michigan.  She led the USFWS's effort to manage double-crested cormorants then moved to the Midwest for grad school followed by five years teaching environmental science to non-science majors. She holds a PhD in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University, an MPA (Boise State University), and a B.S. in wildlife biology (University of Montana). She loves the outdoors and the beauty of the PNW, from the coast to the mountains.  She doesn't fish and is driven instead by a love for and appreciation of salmon and native plants, and the idea that it is our sacred duty as humans to restore ecosystems and do what we can to promote healthy coexistence with other species.  

Brice Crayne, Project Manager

Brice has been with LCFEG since 2015.  A native of Longview, Brice heard stories from his grandfather of great days fishing for salmon, sturgeon, and steelhead in the rivers of southwest Washington. By the time Brice started fishing on his own, he had to work a lot harder to catch a lot less fish and a career path became clear. Brice has a B.A. in chemistry and environmental studies (Whitman College) and a Master's certificate in fisheries management (Oregon State University).  He started his career as an AmeriCorps habitat restoration coordinator in Vancouver. Since then, Brice has worked for state agencies in Idaho, watershed councils in Oregon, and public utilities in Washington, all the while never living outside the Columbia River watershed.  Brice is excited about continuing restoration projects in the upper Coweeman River watershed and the upper South Fork Toutle headwaters valley to  support recovery of ESA- listed fish species.

Maurice Frank, Project Manager

Maurice has been with us since 2015 and is our newest project manager, after first serving as LCFEG’s restoration coordinator. Originally from Louisiana, Maurice has always been passionate about nature and enjoys fishing and the outdoors. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Maurice wanted to get involved with reversing past processes that decimated native salmonid populations. Maurice currently manages our nutrient enhancement program and a riparian improvement project on the Little Washougal River, as well as assisting with other projects and developing ideas for future restoration projects.  He has degrees from Mt Hood Community College (Fisheries Technology), Oregon State University (Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences), and Portland State University (Criminal Justice/Criminology).

Chelsey Pacanins, Stewardship Coordinator

Chelsey has been working with LCFEG since 2019. Originally hired as an intern while going to WSU-Vancouver, Chelsey looked after our native plant nurseries along with assisting our project managers. After graduating with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science (Zoology minor) and a B.A. in Anthropology, Chelsey joined us full-time as our Stewardship Coordinator. She’s excited to connect LCFEG with the communities of southwest Washington. Being enthralled with nature didn’t really begin until she moved from Texas to Washington, where hiking, camping and kayaking became a huge part of her life. While a student at the Center of Agricultural Science and Environmental Education (CASEE), Chelsey discovered what she was really passionate about: ecological restoration and environmental education. Chelsey has also spent time working on organic farms in New Zealand and in retail nurseries in Vancouver, Washington, gaining knowledge of sustainable practices for growing plants.

Jesse Barr, Restoration Technician

Jesse has been working with LCFEG since March 2020.  He was born and raised in Vancouver and grew up fishing the rivers of southwest  Washington. He first got involved in the environmental field in high school, while interning with the City of Vancouver’s Water Resource Education Center. After receiving a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Environmental Science and Resource Management minor) from the University of Washington, Jesse decided to return home.  He joined LCFEG after serving three consecutive AmeriCorps terms, most recently with the StreamTeam at Clark Public Utilities where he gained valuable insights into salmon habitat restoration. An avid angler, Jesse is passionate about the native salmonids that call this area home. He is looking forward to learning new skills and doing his part to help restore fish habitat in the area.

ABOUT US 

The Lower Columbia Fish Enhancement Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit salmon recovery organization founded in 1991. Working within specific watersheds throughout Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, and Cowlitz Counties, we successfully leverage public funding through landowner partnerships and collaboration with individuals, groups, corporations, tribes, foundations and agencies.  

Base funding for the RFEG program comes from a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, a portion of state commercial and recreational fishing license fees, and excess egg and carcass sales administered by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

OUR PARTNERS include Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, National Fish Habitat Partnership, Columbia Springs, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Clark Public Utilities, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Clark Skamania Flyfishers, Weyerhaeuser, Kalama Sportsman's Club, Hudson's Bay High School, Toutle Lake High School, Camas High School, Cascade Forest Conservancy, Northwest Wild Fish Rescue, Regional Fisheries Coalition, and many private landowners. 

CONTACT US AT:

12404 SE Evergreen Highway
Vancouver, WA  98683
(360) 882-6671

Lcfegdirector (at) outlook.com

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