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Local biologist awarded top honors

Cliff Thompson
Special to the Daily Biologist Joe Doerr with Sarah Givens' second grade class from Brush Creek Elementary School looking for reptiles at Eagle Ranch ponds.

MINTURN – Eagle and Holy Cross wildlife biologist Joe Doerr, 51, has been recognized as the wildlife biologist of the year for the U.S. Forest Service’s six-state Rocky Mountain Region.Doerr, an Eagle resident, was recognized by the Forest Service for his work with private wildlife groups such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, the Wild Turkey Foundation and others.

After graduating from Lake Superior College in Sault Saint Marie, Mich., and earning a masters degree from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Doer studied the largest caribou herd in the world in northwest Alaska. He also was a commercial halibut, black cod and crab fisherman in southeast Alaska before coming to Eagle County in 1999 to assist in analyzing the environmental impacts of ski area expansion in Vail’s Blue Sky Basin.”Joe is one of these gems whose consistent positive attitude and dedication sets an example for other employees,” said Cal Wettstein, the head ranger in Eagle County for the surrounding White River National Forest.

Doerr is the only botanist on the White River National Forest qualified to review biological assessments of plants. He has published several articles and developed a program to monitor the population of the snowshoe hare, the prime prey of the threatened lynx thought to inhabit parts of the forest.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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