David Cooper, Senior Environmental Scientist, was selected to become a member of the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee (NWAC), a division of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) which conserves, sustains, and enforces the state’s fish and wildlife resources and laws. Established in 1987, the NWAC counsels the NCWRC on issues related to the state’s most vulnerable wildlife populations. As part of the 15-member committee, David will support the development of protected species lists and conservation programs for endangered, threatened, and special concern species.
“We are proud of David for continuing his active involvement in the state’s wildlife conservation community,” said Lane Sauls, VHB’s Raleigh, NC, Natural Resources Manager. “David’s extensive knowledge and experience is invaluable during the due diligence and permitting phase, helping to aid our clients with their project goals and providing regulatory compliance.”
David joins the committee alongside Todd Ewing, program coordinator for Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership/Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. As new committee members, they will serve a three-year term on the NWAC. The committee meets four times per year and posts public notices of their meetings to the NCWRC's website.
David has been a part of the VHB environmental team in Raleigh, NC, for 10 years of his more than 24 year career. He currently serves as chairman of the steering committee for NC Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, is a member of the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan’s Herp Taxa Team, and previously served as president of the NC Herpetological Society.
To learn more about the NC Wildlife Resources Commission or to connect with David, contact him via email.