Brendan Brokes is the Regional Habitat Program Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Region 4 (six counties in northwest Washington). He began working at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2000 as the Area Habitat Biologist for the Skagit and Samish drainages. From 2005 until 2015, he was the Assistant Regional Habitat Program Manager supervising the Habitat Biologists in Region 4’s North District (Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, and northern Snohomish counties).
Brendan received his B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University in 1987. He began his career as a Foreign Fisheries Observer and High Seas Driftnet Fisheries Observer in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and central North Pacific. He then transitioned to an Aquatic Ecologist and spent 12 years surveying, inventorying, and monitoring the aquatic systems in Mount Rainier National Park. During that time, he earned a Master of Science in Fisheries Science from Oregon State University.
“I am excited to become a member of the Skagit Watershed Council’s Board of Directors. The Skagit River is truly one of the great remaining natural resources in Washington State and my long experience here has strengthened my desire to be deeply involved in the local salmon recovery effort. I see a great opportunity for my agency to address complex land and water use issues and develop meaningful and lasting relationships with our community members to restore habitat and salmon and trout populations. I have been watching the success enjoyed by the Skagit Watershed Council’s voluntary and collaborative approach to habitat restoration and protection from the sidelines and would be honored to be a part of it.”