Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Mtn. Bike Rider on the Bizz Johnson Trail King Range National Conservation Area Poppy Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield
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Employee Profile

Kathy Stangl

Assistant Field Manager
Arcata Field Office

Kathy Stangl is the assistant field manager, aiding Lynda Roush with the day to day operations of the Arcata Field Office. Primarily, she supervises a resources staff that focuses on recreation, fisheries, botany, wildlife, forestry and engineering.   Meanwhile, she continues to manage the Headwaters Forest Reserve, double duty she has been performing since May, when the former assistant field manager left.   She hopes to have that position filled in behind her early next year.  

A native of Wisconsin (she has Cheesehead and Green Bay Packers memorabilia to prove it), Kathy earned a bachelor of science degree in biology with an emphasis on fresh water fisheries from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  After college she spent two years in the Peace Corps, working in the Central African Republic on development of aquaculture systems.  “Basically, we taught people how to raise tilapia,” she says of her “fascinating and rewarding” time in the Peace Corps.

Returning to the United States, she worked seasonally for the National Park Service at Mesa Verde and at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  Joining the BLM in 1994, Kathy worked as a fisheries biologist in the Cottonwood, Idaho field office for 10 years before moving to BLM-California’s Eagle Lake Field Office where she was associate field manager.  She transferred to Arcata to become the Headwaters Forest Reserve manager in January 2007.  She was selected as the assistant field manager for Arcata in October 2007.

When she’s not working in the streams and forests of Headwaters Kathy and her archaeologist husband, David, enjoy river rafting, hiking and bike riding.

Kathy Stangl points out features of the Salmon Pass Trail to members of the Northwest Resource Advisory Council during a field trip to Headwaters Forest Reserve

“I have been able to indulge my passion for fisheries, and to work with an enthusiastic staff.  It has been busy, educational and fun!”