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.
Adair Muth serves as a Project Manager administering Idaho’s Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund program. She has been with OSC since 2014, previously working as a project planner in Salmon with OSC’s Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program. Prior to working for OSC, Adair worked as a community relations planner for King County in Seattle. Her education background includes a B.S. in Ecology and Conservation Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Idaho.
Pete Katsilometes serves as Natural Resource Project Manager and Policy Advisor for OSC. He has been with OSC since January 2019. Pete’s primary responsibilities include assisting in the development, implementation and coordination of conservation and recovery programs for terrestrial wildlife species in Idaho while giving technical and policy advice to the Wildlife Program Manager. Pete previously worked for former Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as a Special Assistant for Gubernatorial Appointments and Special Assistant for Communications.
Irina Voyce is the Administrative Assistant for OSC, the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program, and Clearwater Focus Program. Irina assists the administrator and staff on various projects that support fish and wildlife conservation, is the funding coordinator for the Idaho Roadless Rule Implementation Commission and provides support to the Governor’s Salmon Workgroup. Prior to joining OSC in August of 2014, Irina received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Boise State University and worked in the local media.
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.
Todd Blythe joined OSC in January of 2019 as a Project Planner for the Upper Salmon Basin Watershed Program. Prior to joining OSC, Todd worked with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Utah State University on water resources conservation/stream habitat restoration. His background includes a M.S. in Watershed Sciences from Utah State, B.S./B.A. in Geosciences/Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.
Moscow Office – Clearwater Focus Program
Janet Hohle serves OSC as manager of the Clearwater Focus Program which implements a portion of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. The Focus Program is to enhance and restore anadromous fish habitat in the Clearwater River subbasin. Janet joined OSC in June 2010 following 13 years of service to the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission. Prior to working in Idaho, Janet was employed by the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State as a geologist and manager for 13 years and the State of Oregon for two years as a mineral development planning specialist.