OLYMPIA – Michele K. Culver has been named regional director for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Olympic Peninsula-South Puget Sound office.
Culver’s appointment by WDFW Director Jeff Koenings,
PhD., is effective immediately. She has been serving as acting regional director since December.
WDFW Region 6 Director
Culver will oversee the department’s Region 6 headquarters in Montesano. The office serves Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce and Thurston counties.
A Montesano resident, Culver has worked for WDFW since 1993. Before serving as a marine resources policy lead and policy coordinator, she was a fish and wildlife biologist, an administrative assistant and worked in the former Department of Wildlife in upland game bird management and with marbled murrelets on the Olympic Peninsula. She has been based in the region since 2000.
As an employee of WDFW’s Intergovernmental Resource Management Program, Culver has represented WDFW on the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which sets West Coast fisheries for species including salmon, sardines, albacore tuna and protects marine habitat. She also chairs the PFMC’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team and serves as WDFW’s representative on the PFMC’s Groundfish Management Team, composed of representatives from coastal treaty tribes, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the state departments of fish and wildlife from Washington, Oregon and California. Those teams are responsible for recommending annual harvest levels and management measures for commercial and recreational fisheries.
In addition, she has managed Washington’s halibut fisheries, including recreational fisheries off the coast and in Puget Sound.
Culver also serves on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s Ocean Policy Work Group, comprised of representatives from treaty tribes, local governments and state agencies who are charged with developing recommendations for key actions on issues such as fisheries management, aquaculture, coastal economic development and coastal energy development.
“Michele’s experience in working on complex policy issues involving wide-ranging interests will serve her well as the Department’s lead representative in the region,” said Koenings. “Her ability to work with tribes, other agencies and organizations and citizens will be an asset in addressing the region’s natural resource issues.”
Culver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from The Evergreen State College.