Joe Reddan - Board of Directors
New to Durango from Washington DC, Joe has joined WAP's Board of Directors. He is a retired Assistant Director of Forest Management for the USDA Forest Service. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Montana, Joe began working across the broad and diverse ecosystems of the United States in New England, the mid-Atlantic States, the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. He also served as a legislative affairs specialist in DC, interacting with personnel and committee staff for the House of Representatives and the Senate, scripting agency testimony and preparing either Forest Service or USDA witnesses for oversight, legislative and appropriations hearings. Among legislative efforts Joe assisted in were the Congressional designation of Chimney Rock National Monument and the Special Management Area for Hermosa Creek.
In retirement, Joe has started a consulting forestry business in Colorado and New Mexico, focusing on the under-served, non-industrial, private forest land holdings in the the Southwest. A passion of Joe’s is to assist private property owners living in fire-derived forests with the management of their sylvan setting and safety. Joe is thrilled to contribute to Wildfire Adapted Partnership's delivery of vegetation management, and personal and home safety programs to Southwestern Colorado. Joe resides in Edgemont Highlands with his life partner, Kara, and their Boston Terrier Reggie.