Scott Pugrud was appointed by Governor Brad Little to serve as Administrator for the Office of Species Conservation (OSC) in January 2019. Scott’s primary responsibilities include providing the overall direction for agency operations and coordinating Endangered Species Act programs with federal, state and private partners. Scott previously worked as the Deputy Administrator and Legal Counsel for the Idaho Office of Energy and Mineral Resources. His background includes an undergraduate degree from Eastern Oregon University and a law degree from the Willamette University College of Law.
John Richards serves as Associate Legal Counsel for the Office of Species Conservation and has been with the office since April of 2019. John earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from the College of Idaho and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resources law.
Michael Edmondson serves as Program Manager for OSC overseeing the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program, the Clearwater Focus Program, Idaho Fish Accords, Snake River Basin Adjudication, and Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Areas of responsibility are management of technical and policy issues including recovery funding related to salmon and steelhead. Before joining OSC, Mike served the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for 14 years working in Surface Water and managing federal reporting under the Clean Water Act.
Lisa McIntosh joined OSC in December 2018 as the Financial Officer. Lisa earned a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Regis University, a bachelor’s in Finance from Weber State University and has held various financial management and leadership positions throughout her career.
Joshua Uriarte serves as Program Manager and Policy Advisor for OSC. He has been with OSC since January 2015. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science, accompanied by a minor in Forest Management, at Oregon State University in Corvallis. His primary responsibilities include providing technical support and coordinating with federal, state and private partners as they relate to the sage-grouse recovery in Idaho. In his previous position, Josh worked with the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) for four years, coordinating conservation efforts. He has experience working with landowners on critical habitat issues.
Amy came to OSC in December of 2008 as a Project Manager. Her primary responsibility is to provide administrative and technical support to our federal, state and private partners pertaining to Federal assistance programs such as the Idaho Fish Accords and Bonneville Power Administration’s Fish and Wildlife funding. Prior to OSC, Amy worked at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture serving in the Division of Plant Industries, Noxious Weeds Program as well as the Division of Animal Industries, Animal Identification Program. Amy earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho.
Jace Hogg serves as a Policy Analyst for the OSC, focusing primarily on forestry and terrestrial species. He joined OSC in February of 2020. Prior to OSC, Jace worked with the University of Idaho Policy Analysis Group and the Bureau of Land Management Upper Snake Field Office. Jace earned his degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Political Science from the University of Idaho.
Salmon Office – Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program
Daniel Bertram joined OSC in August 2013 as the Project Coordinator for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program. Areas of responsibility are to supervise staff to coordinate and manage tasks related to fish and wildlife habitat restoration, project development and implementation in the upper Salmon River subbasin. Prior to joining OSC, Daniel was the Lemhi County Weed Superintendent and department head since 2006. His education background includes a B.S. in Fisheries Resource Management and another in Wildlife Resource Management.
Abbie Gongloff is a Project Planner for OSC with the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Project. Her primary duties are database management and field project monitoring. Prior to working for OSC, Abbie served as an environmental scientist and botanist for North Wind, Inc.
Chris Gaughan joined OSC as a Project Planner for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program in June 2018. Prior to working for OSC, Chris worked as a wildlife biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Salmon. His educational background includes a M.S. in Wildlife Biology and B.S. in Geography from Montana State University.
Moscow Office – Clearwater Focus Program
Ryan Banks joined OSC in January 2020 as the Project Manager for the Clearwater Focus Program. His primary responsibility is to provide support to OSC’s project partners developing and implementing fish habitat restoration projects in the Clearwater basin. Prior to joining OSC, Ryan worked for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission since 2010 and served 8 years as a city councilor for the City of Genesee, Idaho. His educational background includes a B.S. in Fisheries Resources from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University.