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Dave Nelson

Riparian Stewardship Crew Leader



Forestry, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR



After 15 years working for a local utility, Dave started working for CoosWa in 2007 with the coho life cycle monitoring crew. Following one of his true passions, fisheries/fishing, Dave worked on spawning surveys and fish capture and re-capture, PIT-tagging, instream construction of antennas, rotary screw trap installation/operation and numerous other salmonoid related duties. Dave has since been hired as CoosWa's Riparian Stewardship Crew Leader. When he's not at work, you can usually find Dave with a rod in his hand, fishing in a stream on the Oregon coast.


What Dave Does at CoosWa

Dave is CoosWa's Riparian Stewardship Crew Leader and general jack-of-all trades. In addition to his restoration work, Dave is also involved in nearly all of CoosWa's education programs and through this organization has discovered a new interest in working with and mentoring youth. He strongly believes in the benefits of hands-on, boot-on-the-ground education in our community.


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Coos Watershed Association. 2016