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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 (SEAFWA) and the federal Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group (SENRLG).

* Indicates members of the SECAS Steering Committee, which comprises five state agency directors from SEAFWA and one federal agency representative from SENRLG. The role of the steering committee is to provide oversight and strategic direction to SECAS.

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:
Brian Branciforte, Wildlife Diversity Conservation Assistant Section Leader

Georgia

* Ted Will, Director, Wildlife Resources Division
Department of Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Jon Ambrose, Nongame Conservation Chief

Kentucky

Rich Storm, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

State Points of Contact:
Sunni Carr, Wildlife Diversity Program Branch Manager

Louisiana

Jack Montoucet, Secretary, 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

Cameron Ingram, Executive 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

Rafael A. Machargo-Maldonado, Secretary, Department of Natural & Environmental Resources

South Carolina

* Robert H. Boyles, Director, Department of Natural Resources

State Points of Contact:
Ken Prosser, Assistant Deputy Director

Tennessee

* Bobby Wilson, 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

Virginia

Ryan Brown, Executive Director, Department of Wildlife Resources

State Points of Contact
Cale Godfrey

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:
Vacant

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:
Shannon O’Quinn, Watershed Specialist

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

* Leopoldo Miranda, Regional Director, Interior Regions 2 & 4

Federal Points of Contact:
Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director of Science Applications

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



Nonprofit Partners

The following nonprofit organizations are involved:

Open Space Institute

Nonprofit Point of Contact:
Joel Houser, Southeast Field Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy

Nonprofit Point of Contact:
Eric Krueger, South Carolina Director of Science and Stewardship

Southern Group of State Foresters

Nonprofit Point of Contact:
Gary Wood, Southeast Regional Coordinator of the Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy



Other Organizations

The following organizations are actively involved in SECAS:

The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center

Ryan Boyles, Deputy Director

The Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership

Jessica Graham, Program Director