Habitat Specialist

(360)754-3588, ext. 138

Kathleen Berger joined the Thurston Conservation District as the CREP Coordinator in October 2015. The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a voluntary program developed to compensate farmers for growing a riparian buffer in their stream-side property to improve habitat for salmon and other wildlife. Coordinating CREP merges Kathleen’s varied background in both animal/agriculture and environmental sciences.

Kathleen holds a Masters in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Washington, and a BS in Animal Science from Washington State University. Although once a Husky, Kathleen will always be a Coug! At WSU, Kathleen studied ruminant, farm, and rangeland management. KShe then went on to work at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for several years, handling animals and performing educational shows to help visitors connect to wildlife. The desire to improve habitat for local wildlife led Kathleen to the MEH program at the University of Washington where she studied Restoration Ecology and completed an amphibian habitat restoration project. Kathleen also worked at the WSU Puyallup Extension Center for the Integrated Weed Management Program as a field assistant, using and tracking the impact of biocontrol agents to control invasive weed populations throughout the state of Washington.

Kathleen was born and raised in Western Washington, riding horses and playing in the dirt. These days, Kathleen still enjoys riding horses when the opportunity arises and has added on a variety of life activities that allow for playing in the dirt. Her favorite activities include climbing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, fishing and gardening, and anything else outside.