Fish recovery project gets new leader

The new leader of the Colorado River Fishery Project in Grand Junction has worked previously with private interests to preserve habitat.

Michelle Shaughnessy most recently was the chief for the Branch of Recovery and Delisting in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s office in Washington, D.C. While there she was involved in controversial issues related to many species, including the gray wolf and the Preble’s Meadow jumping mouse.

Shaughnessy served as project leader in the Colorado River Fishery Project office in Vernal, Utah, for 30 days in late 2008 and in the Grand Junction office for 90 days last spring as part of the service’s advanced-leadership training program.

“After working on recovery of listed species at the national level for the past several years, I am excited to get back into the field and apply my endangered species knowledge to implementing recovery on-the-ground for the endangered fishes in the Upper Colorado and San Juan rivers,” Shaughnessy said in a statement.


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