Joe comes to La Grande from the University of Oregon, where he is studying environmental and tribal law. Originally from Seattle, Joe has lived in McCall, Idaho for the past five years, at the eastern edge of the Hells Canyon ecosystem. Most recently he worked for the Nez Perce Tribe, researching Chinook salmon, steelhead, and resident fish populations in the South Fork Salmon River and its tributaries.
Deeply in love with the western landscape, Joe came to HCPC to further involve himself in the science, policies, and laws that shape it. This summer Joe will assist staff attorney Jennifer Schwartz, restoration coordinator Brian Kelly, and ecosystem protection coordinator David Mildrexler, getting his hands on every project he can.
At the University of Oregon School of Law, Joe is an Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program fellow, co-director of the Native American Law Students Association, and a volunteer with the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.
An avid whitewater kayaker and mountain biker (as well as a hack fly-fisherman), Joe is excited to explore the mountains and rivers of northeast Oregon with his dog, Mackay, this summer. Check the blog for photos and updates on his work and adventures with HCPC!
Photo: Joe relaxes in Sunflower Hot Springs on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho, earlier this spring.