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County Parks picks new chief for Lopez parks

David St. George - Contributed photo
David St. George
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David St. George is the new Lopez Island Park Manager, the county parks department announced.

David is a career Wildlife Biologist/Land Manager who has worked for public and private non-profit organizations for over 20 years.

The position oversees regular operations of the seven county parks on Lopez. The new park manager will begin work on Lopez in early February.

Dona Wuthnow, Parks & Fair Director, said about St. George: “He brings a whole new level of skills and abilities to the Parks Department. His combination of talents will help us not only in the management of the newly renovated Odlin Park, but in developing a management plan for Odlin South, and improving management and operations at all the county parks on Lopez.”

St. George has extensive experience as a biologist in conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys, habitat restoration, and weed management. As a Nature Conservancy land manager for the past eight years, he ran the daily operations of five preserves totaling 30,000 acres.

“Lopez is a very special place to me and my wife with its rural life style and beautiful environment,” he said. “I am looking forward to living on the island and contributing to the preservation and management of the San Juan county parks for both residents and visitors.”

David and Beth will relocate to Lopez from Wenatchee, Washington. He is a graduate of Evergreen State College and likes to fish and hunt, watch birds and be in the outdoors.

 

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