|Complete Jim Beers Invasive Species Series|
Jim Beers retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service after 30 years.
He served as a wildlife biologist, wetlands biologist, special agent,
and refuge manager. After working for the Utah Fish & Game and
spending four years as a Reserve Officer in the US Navy, he joined the
US Fish & Wildlife Service. He was stationed at Devils Lake, North
Dakota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Island, Nebraska; New York City;
and Washington, DC.
While in Washington, Jim was a Congressional Fellow, the Chief of Operations for the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Program Coordinator for the Animal Damage Control Program, and for seven years was the wildlife biologist in the Central Office. He served as Project Officer on nearly all national wildlife projects funded with Pittman-Robertson money. Appointees of the Clinton Administration cleansed the US Fish and Wildlife Service of many wildlife management biologists like Jim. New employees went against legal statutes and supported eliminating management of plants and animals for sustainable uses. Jim resisted this, and eventually testified before Congress about Service misuse of millions of dollars intended for state wildlife management programs, only to do things prohibited by Congress. This was being done in collusion with animal rights and environmental organizations -- over $45 million without a paper trail. After spending months at home with no work assignment, Jim accepted a cash settlement and retired in 1999. He holds a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Resources from Utah State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Jim makes his home in Virginia; you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org