Manager, Cache Creek Natural Area
Ukiah Field Office
For 30 years, Gregg Mangan has spent considerable time at Cache Creek and has seen many changes as BLM acquired key land parcels that increased public access and protected critical habitats.
Gregg received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of New Mexico in 1976. The summer after graduation, he was a volunteer in the Bishop Resource Area, before there was an official volunteer program. His older brother was a wildlife biologist at the time, which gave Gregg the opportunity to volunteer. He did extensive wildlife inventories for small mammals and got to know the remote desert valleys. He says he would leave the office on Monday, camp out all week a the work area and return on Friday afternoon. After that summer, Gregg knew his career path was pointing towards the wildlife profession. He eventually returned to school at Humboldt State University to pursue a degree in wildlife management. He finished that course of study in 1980.
Camping in the outdoors during that summer had other dividends. Beside volunteering in 1976, he got a contract with Inyo County Health Department as the county skunk trapper. There are many humorous stories he says, but needless to say, he didn't make too many friends walking around enveloped in a constant skunk odor cloud.
He had worked for BLM as a biological technician in Vale and Baker, Oregon districts in 1977 and Prineville district in 1978. He made the move to Ukiah in 1979. He spent the next 20 years as the resource area wildlife biologist before becoming the Cache Creek Natural Area manager eight years ago.
Gregg oversees a variety of programs in the Cache Creek Natural Area including one of the newer additions to the National Landscape Conservation System, the Cache Creek Wilderness Area. Designated in 2006, the 27,200 acre area hosts diverse wildlife, including bald eagles, tule elk, black bear, river otters, pygmy owls and prairie falcons.
Gregg grew up in the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Paula area of Souther California. Wife Sandey and Gregg reside in Ukiah. their son is in his third year at University of California, Davis.