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NRCS Washington welcomes new East Area Conservationist

By Adrian Melendez
NRCS Washington Public Affairs

The east side of the state has a new conservation leader to start the new year.

Aubrey Hoxie took the reins Jan. 3 as the NRCS Washington East Area Conservationist from Ben Bonella, who voluntarily held the position for 120 days Acting detail.

"We are extremely excited to have Aubrey on board as she brings a huge amount of field experience to the table and I look forward the leader she will become,” said Roylene Comes At Night, NRCS Washington State Conservationist.

Aubrey hails from St. Anthony, Idaho and previously served in NRCS Idaho as the conservation team lead for Bonner and Boundary counties. She has worked for NRCS for more than 12 years and started immediately after her graduation from the University of Idaho in 2008, where she earned a degree in Rangeland Ecology.

Throughout her career, Aubrey has held multiple responsibilities including range management specialist, district conservationist in the Coeur d’Alene Field Office, conservation team lead in the Plummer and Coeur d’Alene Field Offices and held a position as American Indian Alaskan Native Special Emphasis Program Manager for six years and held both positions as secretary and chair on the Civil Rights Committee.
With over a decade of conservation experience in Idaho under her belt, Aubrey said she’s excited to get to work here in the Evergreen State.

“I’m excited to be here!” Aubrey said. “From the moment I was offered the position, I’ve had Washington folks reach out to me and welcome me into the state. I think this team has a great working relationship with each other, and I’m excited to add to that.”

While she is just getting started with her new duties as East Area Conservationist, Aubrey said one of her main goals isn’t just conservation alone, but to build a strong team with her new colleagues and partners in her area.

“I want to ensure that I provide my employees and their employees every opportunity to grow and develop into effective leaders and employees. I also hope to build strong relationships with all of our partners,” she said.