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National Stream & Aquatic Ecology Center

   Wildlife Ecology Unit

Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit

Stream Systems Technology Center


Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants

Program Leader:
Acting - Nat Gillespie

Dan Shively - New Program Leader; reporting Summer 2015

Assistant Program Leader:
Nat Gillespie

Regional Program Leaders
(Includes other Watershed staffs)
(PDF 66.8 KB)

Program Initiatives:
Bring Back the Natives
Fish Facts
Rise to the Future
FishWatch (official)
FishWatch (program description)
National Fishing Week
Recreational Fishing

National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center:
Dave Levinson
Brett Roper
Dan Merritt
Dan Cenderelli

Steve Yochum

Related Topic Area:

Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species Program (TES)

Ecosystem Services

Downloadable Documents:

Publications & Reports

Rise To The Future 2004 Task Force Report (pdf) 642KB

Benchmarking Study (172 KB) of USDA Forest Service Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Programs


Critical Watershed for Freshwater Species

Salmon Cam (Alaska)

Fish includes the National Fisheries Program and the National Fish & Aquatic Ecology Unit.

The National Fisheries Program assists field biologists in attaining the Chief's aquatic priorities and manage aquatic resources from a healthy ecosystem perspective.

Program Initiatives include "Bring Back the Natives" and "Rise to the Future". "Initiatives" are special topics to which we give added emphasis through projects, events, literature and funding. The intent of our varied Initiatives is to help us and our partners move forward to accomplish specific management goals for certain key issues.

The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands.

NRIS Water Module

Issue Updates

Rise to the Future 2014

  • Tribal Accomplishment: The Hoopa Valley Tribe, Six Rivers National Forest

  • Aquatic Recreational Accomplishment: The National Professional Anglers Association and The Future Angler Foundation, Eastern Region of the Forest Service

  • Collaborative Aquatic Stewardship: Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, San Juan National Forest’s Columbine Ranger District & Trout Unlimited’s Five Rivers Chapter San Juan National Forest

  • Friends of the Fish/Watershed: Southwest Regional Office GIS Unit, Region 3 Regional Office

  • Public Awareness: Karl Morgenstern, Eugene Water & Electric Board, Willamette National Forest

  • Line Officer: Dave Halemeier, Blue Mountain Ranger District, Malheur National Forest

  • Partnership: The Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust, Fremont-Winema National Forest

  • Professional Excellence – Fish Management: Dr. Bruce Hansen, Pacific Northwest Research Station

  • Professional Excellence – Fish Management (posthumous): Greg Killinger, Tongass National Forest

  • Jim Sedell Research Achievement: The Kings River Experimental Watershed Group, Pacific Southwest Research Station

  • Field Soil Scientist of the Year: Jim Hurja, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

  • “Wagon Wheel Gap” Hydrology: William Swartz, Colville National Forest

  • Paul Miller Air Award: Dr. Mark Fenn, Pacific Southwest Research Station

  • Special Category for “Private Citizen Commitment to Watershed Restoration”: Stanley Petrowski, Umpqua National Forest

  • Special Category for “Collaborative/Integrated Aquatic Stewardship”: Best Management Practices (BMP) Program Implementation Team, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest Regions, Washington Office and Northern Research Station

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Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air & Rare Plants (WFW)
Washington, D.C. Office
Author: Shelly Witt, National Continuing Education Coordinator, WFW staff
Phone: 435-881-4203
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