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Donna Ray, Wildlife BiologistDonna Bayless Ray

Project Liaison Officer Regions 2, 3, 4 and 8

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559-341-0198 (ET)

Abbeville, SC


  • Biological Assessments and Evaluations
  • Section VII Consultation
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Wildlife Effects Analysis
  • Freshwater Mussel Surveys (Tactile)
  • Grants and Agreement Writing
  • Stewardship Proposals
  • Landbird Surveys


  • Endangered Species Act Counterpart Regulations (certified 01/2005-present)
  • Wetlands Delineation (certified 02/1999–present)
  • Contracting Officer Representative (04/2007)


  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Georgia
  • Master of Science, Agricultural Economics/Wildlife, University of Georgia

Special Recognition

  • National Leadership Award, Quail Habitat Management, 2007
  • National “Making Tracks” Award, Eastern Wild Turkey Management, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • The Wildlife Society
  • Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society

Professional Publications

  • Bayless, D. 1993. Market potential for wildlife viewing sites on public lands, Masters Thesis, University of Georgia, pp 78.
  • Bayless, D.; Messonnier, J. B.; Cordell, H.K. Assessing the demand for designated wildlife viewing sites, journal of hospitality & leisure marketing, Vol. 2(3), pp 75-93.
  • Bayless Ray D. 1996. Species with viability concerns in the Southern Appalachians, The terrestrial technical report for the Southern Appalachian assessment, Vol. 5, pp 41-49.
  • Bayless Ray D., et al. 1996. Outdoor recreation demand and supply in the region, The social/cultural/economic technical report for the Southern Appalachian Assessment, Vol. 4, pp 139-176.
  • Bayless Ray, D. 2007. Listed as contributing author: Recreational horse trails in rural and wildland areas, Wood, Gene W., Clemson University Press, 2007.


Donna has been with the Forest Service since 1983 at all levels of the organization. She has substantial experience as a wildlife biologist in natural resource project analysis and planning including all aspects of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, non-native invasive species, fire adapted ecosystems, monitoring, economics and threatened and endangered species. Donna has developed complex stewardship proposals and is skilled in writing grants and agreements. She has particular experience with rare freshwater mussels and associated habitats.

Donna has worked with TEAMS since 2008.

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