Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo courtesy of Travis Miller
Travis Miller is the new Supervisory Ecologist at Malheur Refuge. Miller has spent many years working in eastern Oregon and most recently has served as a Wildlife Biologist for the Burns District Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Miller grew up in Burns, where he spent summers as a teenager working for his father at the Oregon State University Extension Office. He went on to study range ecology at Oregon State University, focusing on hydrology and land management in watersheds. Miller’s graduate studies took him to Montana State University, where he focused on stream morphology and riparian health assessment.
Miller has worked as a Range Management Specialist with Burns District BLM and as a Rangeland Scientist working for the U.S. Forest Service at the Great Basin Ecological Laboratory. He has extensive experience working in high desert ecosystems with partners on conservation and management programs.
As the Supervisory Ecologist, Miller will oversee the Refuge biological program and focus and wetland and upland habitat evaluation and management.
“Growing up in Harney County, I’ve learned that the human component to land management and conservation can’t be ignored,” Miller said. “The resources that wildlife depend on are often the same resources that people depend on, which makes it doubly important that we manage these resources wisely.”