Staci Lehman, 509-710-4511
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced Brock Hoenes as its new North Central Region, Director.
Hoenes is a long-time employee who started his career with WDFW in 2008. Most recently, he has worked as the ungulate section manager. Before that, he spent time as an assistant district wildlife biologist, a district wildlife biologist, the statewide WDFW elk specialist, and as the department’s deer and elk section manager.
“I’m excited to be back in the region where I started my career with WDFW 13 years ago,” said Hoenes. “I’m passionate about the fish and wildlife and the people in this region. For myself and my family, it feels like returning home.”
Hoenes will begin his new job Aug. 1, serving as the Director’s Office policy lead for WDFW on work covering Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties. The position is based in Ephrata.
"I have seen Brock think outside the box, work collaboratively with staff and Fish and Wildlife Commissioners, and be an excellent listener,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “He has demonstrated professionalism and empathy while taking on some tough challenges.”
Hoenes says he is eager to reconnect with area residents while he gets up to speed on challenges specific to the region.
Prior to moving to Washington, Hoenes worked for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on a variety of research projects focused on mule deer, bighorn sheep, elk, cougars, black bears, and pronghorn. Hoenes received his B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from New Mexico State University.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.