Paul Engelmeyer’s love of fishing and forests brought him to the NW in 1975. After working in the woods all over Region 6 – OR, WA and Idaho – from tree-planting to tree climbing for cones he transitioned to being a part of the OSU Marbled Murrelet research team. When the first Murrelet nest was found in Oregon’s forests in the early 1990s, he made another shift to full time advocacy. Salmon recovery as well as protecting habitat the ESA listed Murrelet and other species dependent on older forest habitat became the focus – protection and restoration. He was also on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Habitat Committee for the Pacific Fisheries Management Council dealing with salmon management within the PNW. During his service on Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC), he helped with the advocacy for and the development of the system of marine reserves and protected areas in Oregon’s territorial sea. He helped form the Cape Perpetua Collaborative which includes federal and state agencies as well as business partners on the central coast. Sharing conservation efforts and successes through field trips and presentations with students and potential partners is one of his passions.
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