Fisheries Biologist & Managing Partner
Dawn received her M.S. degree in Fisheries Management from WVU in 1992 where her specialty was benthic macroinvertebrates. She joined the U.S. Forest Service as a District Biologist after graduate school. She has been the Forest Fisheries Biologist for the George Washington and Jefferson National
Forests since 1997. In that role, Dawn provides technical expertise for aquatic biota, water quality, and stream habitat on all projects across the forest. This includes conducting field assessments and impact analysis for projects permitted under NEPA such as watershed restoration, wildlife projects, timber sales, prescribed burns, grazing, recreation, land exchange, special uses, and roads. She has aquatic program and budget management responsibilities for the seven ranger districts across 1.8 million acres,
and conducts year-end reporting using national databases, while maintaining the local database and GIS files and analyses. As the primary contact for relevant cooperators from Universities, Federal and State
agencies, and Conservation Organizations, she routinely develops and maintains cooperative agreements and grants. She is passionate about environmental education and often leads Interpretive & Education programs for different age students, from elementary education to college classes. Dawn is very excited to jump into Kirk Environmental, LLP with her husband, Ed, as managing partner and is relishing the opportunity to learn something new, specifically bookkeeping! Dawn’s hobbies include
gardening, travel, reading, horse-back riding, hiking, and spending time with family, especially her two amazing daughters and son-in-laws.