Carrie McCausland, 360-902-2262
OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind has named Brendan Brokes Regional Director of the North Puget Sound Region based in Mill Creek. He began his new job Nov. 11, overseeing all WDFW work in King, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties.
"I’m excited to have Brendan in this role," said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. "Brendan brings deep understanding of the region and existing knowledge about our programs, which will be an asset as he addresses the complex issues unique to Puget Sound, the North Cascades, and some of our state’s fastest growing communities.”
Brokes has worked as the Habitat Program manager in this region since 2015 directing habitat restoration, development reviews and shoreline protection efforts. Brokes has worked for WDFW since 2001, serving as the assistant regional habitat program manager from 2005-2015.
Before arriving at WDFW, Brokes worked at Mount Rainier National Park as a researcher and biological technician in aquatic ecology. He also worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service monitoring foreign commercial fisheries compliance.
“This region is rich with incredible partners and opportunities,” said Brokes. “I’m looking forward to working collaboratively on southern resident killer whale and salmon recovery, elk management, wildlife coordination with Canada, and the chance to engage the public in recreation and stewardship opportunities.”
Brokes holds a master's degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1987.
WDFW regional directors act on behalf of the WDFW director to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.