OLYMPIA – A water-resources manager with 25 years of experience in natural resources planning has been named director of the northcentral region office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the agency announced today.
Dennis Beich, currently the water resources director for Okanogan County, will assume his new duties at WDFW's Region 2 office in Ephrata on Sept. 20. He replaces Jeff Tayor, who took over as Region 3 director in Yakima.
A 1975 graduate of the forestry program at the University of Washington, Beich has worked as a private industry consultant on forestry and land-use issues, an environmental planner for the City of Everett, and a wetland biologist for the Washington Department of Ecology in Spokane. As water resources director for Okanogan County, he has been responsible for administering a $2.5 million annual budget while coordinating watershed and salmon-recovery plans with local, state, federal and tribal governments.
"Dennis comes to the job with a strong background in science and a local understanding of the issues facing the region," said WDFW Director Jeff Koenings. "With all the contentious issues involving water rights in the Methow Valley, Dennis has a unique ability to find common ground. We are very pleased that he has agreed to take the helm at our northcentral regional office."
Beich, an avid fisher and hunter since 1967, said he is looking forward to putting the professional skills he has acquired during the past 25 years to work for WDFW.
"I see fish and wildlife issues from the perspective of both a resource manager and a sportsman," Beich said. "I want to help bring those and other perspectives together in working with local constituents and officials."
As director of WDFW's Region 2 office, Beich will manage 87 employees in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Adams counties. WDFW operates six regional offices statewide staffed by biologists, enforcement officers and customer services representatives to provide local service.