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The Burns Paiute Natural Resources Department was created to protect and enhance fish and wildlife, to prevent further resource losses that impact traditional land uses, to ensure environmental standards on the reservation are met, and to provide training and employment opportunities for Burns Paiute Tribal Members.

The Malheur River Subbasin is culturally important to the Burns Paiute Tribe (BPT), and protecting/restoring native species and associated habitat are key to sustaining its importance.  A primary focus of our Fisheries Program is to restore ESA-listed bull trout populations and their associated habitat. Non-native brook trout are a limiting factor to bull trout recovery due to resource competition and hybridization. Subsequently, suppression efforts were initiated in the Upper Malheur River in 2010 to reduce or eliminate brook trout populations.

For more in-depth information on our Fisheries Program, please visit our other website:

The goals of the Logan Valley and Malheur River wildlife mitigation projects are to implement habitat protection and enhancement efforts for plant communities to support diverse fish and wildlife assemblages. Management goals include: 1) improving water quality, 2) enhancing upland, wetland, floodplain meadow and riparian habitats, 3) controlling noxious weeds, 4) protecting springs and seeps, 5) managing grazing on the Bureau of Land Management and Department of State Lands allotments to meet wildlife objectives, and 6) preserving cultural resources; and providing public hunting and recreation opportunities.

Protecting the land, air and water are important goals for the Environmental Department.  We monitor and manage the environmental health and quality of the Reservation; this includes surface and ground water quality testing, managing solid waste, and illegal dump cleanup and many other important environmental duties throughout properties owned and managed by the Burns Paiute Tribe.

TitleJob TitleEmailPhoneCell Phone
Calla HagleNatural Resources Director[email protected]541-573-8021
Brandon HaslickFishery Program Manager[email protected]541-573-8084
Brandon PalmerWildlife Program Manager[email protected]541-573-8019
Rebecca FritzFisheries Biologist[email protected]541-573-8018
Jason FentonEnvironmental Manager[email protected]541-573-8020
Rhonda HoltbyAdministrative Assistant, Assistant Youth Coordinator[email protected]541-573-8087
Lucas SamorSite Manager[email protected]541-277-3375
JonesboroManager's House541-277-3375
Eric HawleyLead Technician[email protected]541-277-3300
JC McNellyRangeland Ecologist[email protected]541-573-8085
Andrew BeersEnvironmental Technician[email protected]541-573-8022
Thomas ProctorSeasonal Fisheries Technician[email protected]
Matthew HanemannWildlife Biologist[email protected]

Contact Info

71210 Foley Drive

Burns, OR 97720

Phone: (541) 573-1375

Fax: (541) 573-7806


Main Ranch Bunk House

Jonesboro, 5105 Highway 20 East

Juntura, OR 97911


Ranch Manager House

Jonesboro, 5106 Highway 20 East

Juntura, OR 97911