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Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

Partners

Environmental issues from urbanization to climate change extend beyond state boundaries and are outside the scope of any one organization to address. Through SECAS, federal and state agencies and other partners are leveraging resources to coordinate conservation actions and invest in cost-effective science to achieve a connected network of lands and waters that supports fish and wildlife populations and improved quality of life for people. SECAS was initiated by states of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the federal Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group.

State Partners

The following states are involved through the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA):

Alabama

Charles F. Sykes, Director Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division
Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Ericha Shelton-Nix, Nongame Wildlife Program Biologist
Traci Wood, Habitat and Species Conservation Coordinator

Arkansas

Patt Fitts, Director, Game and Fish Commission

State Points of Contact:
Caroline Cone, Chief of Staff and Deputy Director
Allison Fowler, Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator

Florida

Eric Sutton, Executive Director, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

State Points of Contact:
Beth Stys, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Administrator

Georgia

Rusty Garrison, Director, Wildlife Resources Division
Department of Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Jon Ambrose, Nongame Conservation Chief

Kentucky

Frank Jemley, Acting Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

State Points of Contact:
Karen Waldrop, Deputy Commissioner

Louisiana

Jack Montoucet, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

State Points of Contact:
Kenny Ribbeck, Wildlife Division Chief

Mississippi

Sam Polles, Executive Director, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

State Points of Contact:
John Gruchy, Private Lands Program Coordinator
Larry Pugh, Fisheries Bureau Director

Missouri

Sara Parker Pauley, Director, Department of Conservation

State Points of Contact:
Norman Murray, Resource Science Supervisor

North Carolina

Gordon Myers, Director, Wildlife Resources Commission

State Points of Contact:
Kyle Briggs, Chief Deputy Director
Shannon Deaton, Habitat Conservation Division Chief

Oklahoma

J.D. Strong, Director, Department of Wildlife Conservation

State Points of Contact:
Wade Free, Assistant Director
Mark Howery, Wildlife Diversity Biologist

Puerto Rico

Carmen Guerrero Perez, Director, Department of Natural & Environmental Resources
Bureau of Fish and Wildlife

South Carolina

Alvin Taylor, Director, Department of Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Ken Prosser, Assistant Deputy Director

Tennessee

Ed Carter, Executive Director, Wildlife Resources Agency

State Points of Contact:
Greg Wathen, Special Assistant to the Director
Mark Thurman, Fisheries Program Manager

Texas

Carter Smith, Executive Director, Natural Resources
Parks and Wildlife Department

State Points of Contact:
Duane German, Landscape Ecology Program Manager

West Virginia

Paul Johansen, Chief, Wildlife Resources Section Division of Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Scott Warner, Assistant Wildlife Resources Section Chief



Federal Partners

The following federal agencies are involved through the federal Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group (SENRLG).

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Barry Obiol, Deputy Regional Director

Federal Point of Contact:
Barry Obiol, Deputy Regional Director

Department of Defense

Regional Environmental and Energy Office - Southern
Susan Gibson, Southern DoD Regional Environmental Coordinator

Federal Points of Contact:
Susan Gibson, Southern DoD Regional Environmental Coordinator
Cynthia Jester, Army Regional Energy Coordinator

Environmental Protection Agency

Mary S. Walker, Deputy Regional Administrator

Federal Point of Contact:
Rick Dubrow, Program Analyst

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Gracia Szczech, Regional Administrator

Federal Point of Contact:
Benjamin Alexander, Long Term Community Recovery Planner/Trainer/Technical Assistance Coordinator

Federal Highway Administration

Darrell Turner, Director of Field Services - South

Federal Point of Contact:
Kevin Moody, Ecologist

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Marine Fisheries Service

Roy Crabtree, Regional Administrator

Federal Point of Contact:
Kristen Laursen, Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator

National Park Service

Stan Austin, Regional Director

Federal Point of Contact:
Darrell Echols, Science & Natural Resources Division Chief

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Xavier Montoya, Regional Conservationist - Southeast

Federal Point of Contact:
Bridgett Estel Costanzo, NRCS East Working Lands for Wildlife Coordinator

Tennessee Valley Authority

Frank B. Edmondson, Director

Federal Point of Contact:
Evan Crews, Senior Manager of Natural Resources Management

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

BG Diana Holland, Commander

Federal Points of Contact:
Deborah Hesse Scerno, South Atlantic Division Water Resources Planner
Dave Bauman, South Atlantic Division Regional Environmental Specialist

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Michael Oetker, Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region

Federal Points of Contact:
Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director of Science Applications
Catherine Phillips, Panama City Field Office Supervisor

U.S. Forest Service

Ken Arney, Acting Regional Forester

Federal Points of Contact:
Dennis Krusac, Endangered Species Specialist
Daniel McInnis, Environmental Issues and Policy Analyst

U.S. Geological Survey

Holly Weyers, Regional Director

Federal Points of Contact:
Greg Steyer, Gulf Coast Coordinator
Eric Strom, South Atlantic Water Science Center Director