Community Ag Alliance: New district wildlife manager introduces herself |

Community Ag Alliance: New district wildlife manager introduces herself

Andrea Sponseller/For the Steamboat Today

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.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User