October Speaker BIO
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Jen Hemmert is an Environmental Scientist in the Heritage and Wild Trout Program. She has worked as a Wild Trout Biologist for CDFW in the Inland Desert Region in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties since 2017. Prior to her wild trout work and within the Department, she was a Reservoir Fisheries Biologist for the same two counties, plus Imperial County since 2011. She has experience in riverine, lake, and mountain meadow ecosystems. Before working for CDFW, she moved to the Sierra Nevada to pursue a career in stream ecology and fisheries in 2007. She has conducted research related to anadromous fish species of steelhead, spring-run and fall-run chinook salmon in the Sierra Nevada, Bay-Delta, and Southern California. Jen graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and an emphasis in Freshwater Fisheries.
Project Goals and Objectives
Manage and conserve wild trout resources within Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Conduct resource assessments to evaluate wild trout and their habitats in streams.
Provide watershed planning by collecting wild trout data for streams within the sub-basins.
Work on local wild trout water designations with the review of current management plans, assessing designated wild trout streams, and updating and preparing new management plans.
Implement stakeholder involvement by using volunteers to assist with data collection and stream assessments. Present the results of assessments and identify wild trout angling opportunities.