We’re saddened to relay news of the passing of James R. Sedell, a committed and big-hearted US Forest Service and National Fish & Wildlife conservationist who had a sizable impact on fish and fisheries (an excerpt of his bio appears below).
Note that a scholarship fund has been created in Sedell’s name (for info, click here).
James R. Sedell, PhD, passed peacefully on August 18, 2012. Jim brought more than 30 years of experience with the US Forest Service in fish conservation and aquatic ecology research to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which he joined in February 2008 as Director of Freshwater Fish Conservation. In that role, Jim pioneered a series of fish conservation strategies focusing on species in need, such as wild salmon and trout, but also on less charismatic but ecologically important species such as native chubs and sucker fish. He created dynamic and large-scale partnerships among diverse stakeholders with the ultimate goal of conserving more fish for all, always with a broad smile and hearty laugh. Prior to joining NFWF, Jim served as the Director of the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service in Berkeley, California. In that position, he oversaw research in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific. He directed national programs concerning water, large watershed restoration, and Experimental Forest networks.