Angela Trahan is a wildlife biologist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service where she works as a project manager on CWPPRA coastal restoration and protection projects.
Q: Describe the part of your job/role that you enjoy the most.
A: Working for FWS and NRCS, I have always enjoyed my job as a wildlife biologist because I continue to learn. I respect and appreciate the professional relationships I have with other biologists, engineers, landowners, and community leaders. Our knowledge of coastal restoration is constantly evolving and to be a part of this coastal restoration community is very rewarding.
Q: Describe the part of your job/role that you believe is the most impactful.
A: I enjoy working with stakeholders to find a solution that will meet their restoration needs as well as restore habitat that supports our wetland dependent wildlife. Developing strategies that support a diversity of conservation goals is the most challenging and rewarding.
Q: What do you think is the best/easiest way community members can help restore or preserve wetlands?
A: There are two great ways to help restore and preserve wetlands:
1) Stay in the know by signing up for the CWPPRA Newsflash which will notify you of public meetings and volunteer opportunities through one of the many partner organizations.
2) Also, don’t forget to buy your Federal Duck Stamp! It’s not just for hunters. Almost all of the proceeds are used to conserve wetland habitat for birds and other wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges, so hunters, birders, nature photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts buy Federal Duck Stamps to help ensure that they can always see wildlife at their favorite outdoors spots.
Q: What is your favorite recreational activity to do in the wetlands?
A: I love to be on the water either kayaking through the swamps or fishing offshore with my family.