Community Ag Alliance: New district wildlife manager introduces herself
My name is Andrea Sponseller, and I’m the new Steamboat South District wildlife manager, a position recently held by Danielle Domson.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the Steamboat area over the past several years and have made a number of new acquaintances since becoming the latest addition to the CPW team in Steamboat Springs. For those of you I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I thought I’d give you a little background about myself.
I grew up in the small town of Hanover, Pennsylvania, where I developed an interest in hunting and fishing from my father. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I was active in horse 4-H, and I learned to drive a horse and carriage in downtown Gettysburg shortly after learning to drive a vehicle.
I received a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies at East Stroudsburg University. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Meeker to work as a seasonal timber technician and range technician for the U.S. Forest Service.
As a timber technician, I conducted a variety of timber health assessments, regeneration surveys, marking and cruising timber, spruce beetle trapping and lodgepole pine beetle assessments. I applied herbicides to many invasive weeds in the Flat Tops via ATV, truck and horseback as a range technician.
Over the course of four summers, I fought fires in a number of states for the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Prescott Fire Department as a wildland firefighter. I worked as a fisheries technician for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker and the Bureau of Land Management in Silt.
Working on the Yampa River, high mountain lakes across northwest Colorado, and a number of recreational lakes and streams, I helped aquatic biologists and researchers conduct population estimates, spawning operations, nonnative removals and native fish stocking.
I also assisted with chronic wasting disease collection at the Steamboat Parks and Wildlife Office. I have lived in Steamboat Springs for eight winters and a handful of summers. It is possible that you might have had your horse’s stall cleaned by me, or you have been on a dogsled tour, horseback ride, sleigh ride or a snowboarding lesson with me in the past.
I am an avid angler, equestrian and outdoorswoman, and I am extremely glad to call the Yampa Valley home. If you see me around town, don’t hesitate to say “Hi” and introduce yourself
I am so excited to have received a full-time assignment in Steamboat, and I can’t wait to enjoy another extraordinary year here. I look forward to seeing you down the trail.
Andrea Sponseller serves as district wildlife manager for Steamboat South Area 10 in Steamboat Springs.
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While warm days and nights are fueling strong flows in the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs, the pace of runoff is expected to dip this week.