Tracy Stephens of AZGFD & Justin Nelson of BHA

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Growing up in Wisconsin, Tracy Stephens spent her summers outside camping and fishing for walleye and crappie with her family. Time outside and great science teachers developed her interest in field biology.  While attending college, Tracy worked seasonally in fisheries for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources before landing a summer technician job with Wyoming Game and Fish Department.  After receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Tracy spent over 15 years working for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, primarily in the Jackson Region.  As a regional fisheries biologist, Tracy was responsible for managing fisheries in the Snake River headwaters and worked with a variety of species, including Snake River Cutthroat Trout, Bluehead Sucker, and Northern Leatherside Chub.   Some of the projects she completed included a survey of alpine lakes in Grand Teton National Park, extensive drainage surveys of remote waters, and planning and implementing a chemical treatment project of a wilderness lake to remove non-native rainbow trout.  She also organized the annual Jackson Kids Fishing Day, a free community event held every June.  In March, 2017 Tracy began work with AZGFD as the Native Trout and Chub Coordinator.

Justin Nelson, President of the Arizona chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.  Arizona chapter of BHA was founded in August of 2013 with 20 members. In a few short years we’ve grown that number to roughly 150 active members. Enthusiasm for the future of BHA in AZ has never been higher. In the coming years we will apply energy and resources to the following:

  • Membership recruitment and engagement
  • Developing a deeper bench of active volunteer leadership across the state
  • Establishing BHA as a leading voice of the public lands hunter and angler within the hunting and fishing and legislative communities
  • Responsible OHV use education
  • Education on the benefits of the backcountry experience: challenge, solitude and adventure..Read more