Rick Cooper, a veteran public land manager with a proven record in developing local partnerships, is the new Hollister Field Office Manager.
"Rick brings a wealth of experience in working with other federal, state and county officials and agencies to build seamless partnerships that benefit all those involved," said State Director Mike Pool. "During his 28 years of federal service here in California, he has clearly demonstrated he understands the dynamics of bringing people and agencies together to work toward a common goal."
Rick began his career as a temporary employee in 1977 at the Pit River resource area near Alturas while on break from Humboldt State University. Upon graduation, he was hired as a full-time, range conservationist at the Surprise resource area in 1978. After 10 years in Surprise, he transferred to the Folsom Field Office as a range conservationist and environmental coordinator. Rick became the Cosumnes River Preserve manager in 1995 and helped build trust and cooperation between multi-organizational partnerships.
Rick grew up in the San Joaquin Valley town of Shafter where he developed a love for outdoor recreation and public lands. He attended Bakersfield Junior College and San Diego State University before transferring to Humboldt State. He graduated from Humboldt State with a degree in range management.
Rick, wife Kim and sons Garrett and Kyle are looking forward to getting to know the Hollister and central California coastal area.