Steve Guertin Appointed New Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
US Fish and Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced the appointment of Steve Guertin as the agency’s Deputy Director for Policy. Guertin, a career Service employee, has served as the Regional Director for the agency’s Mountain-Prairie Region since 2007.
In his new capacity as Deputy Director for Policy, Guertin will provide strategic program direction and develop policy and guidance to support and promote program development and fulfill the Service mission. Guertin will assume his new duties in mid-November, 2012.
“Steve Guertin has successfully managed some of the Service’s most challenging landscape-level conservation issues, including the recovery of the gray wolf in the Northern Rocky Mountains and ongoing efforts to work with states and other partners to develop conservation strategies for the greater sage-grouse. Throughout his career, Steve has shown the ability to build bridges and find solutions that work, and I’m excited that he’s agreed to come back to Washington and help the Fish and Wildlife Service achieve its conservation mission more effectively and efficiently,” said Director Ashe.
During his tenure as Regional Director, Guertin has played a key leadership role in the Service’s efforts to address help fish, wildlife and plants adapt to the effects of landscape-scale challenges including climate change, energy development, water scarcity, fire and invasive species. He has led and/or supported the development of six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives designed to bring state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and other partners together to establish conservation priorities at a landscape scale. The Great Northern LCC, for example, is a partnership effort with the National Park Service and the Province of British Columbia to set trans-boundary landscape conservation priorities, foster research and share information.
Guertin serves on the Service Regulations Committee, which works with state wildlife agencies and Flyway Councils to set the annual framework for migratory bird harvest. In addition, he has developed strong working relationships with the states while serving on the Joint Federal/State ESA Task Force and the Joint Federal/State Policy Task Force, both of which are critical to the Service’s efforts to improve coordination of state and federal conservation efforts. Guertin is the current chair of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture and the Upper Colorado River Recovery Implementation Committee, and is the former Chair and a current member of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and the Missouri River Basin Interagency Roundtable, among others.
Under the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, Guertin has pursued landscape scale conservation by forging working landscape partnerships. This includes formally establishing the 2-million acre Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area the 1.1-million acre Flint Hills Legacy Conservation area and, in Montana's Crown of the Continent, doubling the size of the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area and the Blackfoot Valley Conservation Area, and creating the new Swan Valley Conservation Area. Efforts are currently underway to establish the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado.
Prior to becoming Regional Director, Guertin served as Chief of the Service’s Division of Budget for eight years, where he led national level efforts to prepare, justify and execute the Service’s $2.3 billion annual budget. In this capacity, he worked closely with the Service’s Congressional Appropriations Committee members and staff. He also completed operations assignments in several Service programs and the Alaska Region.
Before coming to the Service, Guertin spent nine years working in the Department of the Interior, where he recommended funding and policy options for the Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
A Marine Corps Veteran, Guertin served for eight years in the United States Marine Corps in Hawaii, California, Virginia, and overseas.
Guertin earned a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University in Vermont, a Master's of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He and his wife, Irene, have two young children.