News for Immediate Release
Aug. 13, 2019
Contact: Katie McKalip, 406-240-9262, [email protected]
Koch follows a decades-long career in public lands resource management
by joining BHA's North American leadership team
MISSOULA, Mont. – Biologist Ted Koch has joined the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers North American board of directors, bringing passion and expertise on public lands honed during a career in natural resource management.
As traditional bowhunter and ecologist, Koch focused primarily on Endangered Species Act implementation, conserving the ecosystems on which people as well as fish and wildlife species depend, during the three decades he spent working as a fish and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His last position before he retired from the Service was as the assistant southwest regional director overseeing endangered species in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.
“Few of us can better appreciate the importance of our public lands than those dedicated individuals who commit to a life of work in their service,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “We’re honored to have Ted lend his knowledge and committed drive to BHA. Ted brings a formidable understanding of science-based conservation policy to the table, which will be critical to our continued growth and influence across North America.”
“During these challenging times when the very existence of public lands seems uncertain and support for public servants uneven, I’m glad to work with an organization like Backcountry Hunters & Anglers,” said Koch. “A career spent in public service working on public lands has demonstrated to me the importance of BHA and its members. I’m happy to roll up my sleeves and add my voice to those of sportsmen and women all across North America – along with those entrusted with their management – in speaking up for the places and experiences that are central to our identity as public land owners.”
Originally from Connecticut, Koch now lives in Garden Valley, Idaho, with his wife, Lauri, and yellow Lab, Toquima.
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for our wild public lands, waters and wildlife.