A Day in the Life of a California Tahoe Conservancy Environmental Scientist — Meet Joseph!
“The Tahoe Conservancy is an amazing organization, and I am most excited to work for a supportive team that sees more opportunities than obstacles.”
After over a decade of seasonal field positions as a biologist, in fire, and recreation, Joseph Harvey landed a position with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as a fishery biologist. Joseph started off his career studying salmonids and found much joy in doing the work he was doing, but Joseph is a big picture thinker. He desired a more prominent role within state service. This opportunity arrived through the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) where he functioned as a forest ecologist and wildlife biologist. He was able to complete a long-term vegetation management plan for Calaveras Big Trees State Park, impacting the Park’s future vitality. Through his work, Joseph was able to acquire a significant grant, which was used to implement the first understory-controlled burn in over a decade. “I believe those successes led to my selection for my current position with the Tahoe Conservancy,” Joseph said.
Now a Senior Environment Scientist at the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy), Joseph helps manage forest restoration and biomass utilization projects, while also assisting teams working on Lake Tahoe West and the Tahoe Central Sierra Initiative. He has written a biological resource protocol for pre-project surveys and routinely assists with survey needs. He is currently updating the Conservancy’s Forest Management Guidelines. Joseph has a passion for guiding forest restoration efforts to meet multiple objectives, including improved wildlife habitat and the State’s biodiversity goals.
In the coming months, Joseph expects to implement the Conservancy’s new biological protocol and help managers improve wildlife habitat while achieving project goals. He plans to begin a 100-acre forest restoration project this summer, complete another 260-acre project by implementing controlled burning this fall, and complete the update to our forestry guidelines. Joseph is also excited to work with the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California on two grant projects aimed at supporting the Mayala Wata meadow restoration. Lastly, Joseph is eager to continue contributing to habitat connectivity in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Needless to say, Joseph is one hard worker and a champion for environmental stewardship.
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