Thrift joined Boise District in November 2013, from the Butte Field Office in Montana, where she worked as a Rangeland Management Specialist and most recently as Assistant Field Manager. Thrift is a native Idahoan from the Bonners Ferry area. She developed an interest in rangeland management from time spent with her grandparents who were ranchers. Her grandmother still lives on the ranch today and produces hay and harvests trees.
In 2004, Thrift served a senate internship for Montana’s U.S. Senator Burns, in Washington DC. After spending three summers as a seasonal, Thrift received her first permanent position through the BLM’s Student Career Experience Program. Thrift received her degrees in Animal Science and Range Management from University of Idaho and Montana State University.
“The challenges and opportunities are that drew me to the Bruneau Field manager’s position and the beautiful Boise area,” said Thrift. “My goals are to continue to build relationships, internally and externally, and to develop new partnerships for funding and support, that will allow staff to complete work on the ground.”
Thrift and her husband Brian have a two and one-hale year old son, Cameron. They enjoy hunting, fishing, riding horses and being outdoors enjoying our public lands.
Fischer joined the Four Rivers Field Office in March of this year from the National Interagency Fire Center, where he has been a fire planning specialist since 2009. “I grew up in north-central South Dakota, living every kid's dream – hunting, fishing, exploring and just loving the outdoors.” said Fischer. After time in U.S. Army, his love of the outdoors led him to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Fisheries Sciences and a Master’s in Wildlife Biology from South Dakota State University.
He began his full time career as a wildlife biologist at the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near Eagle Lake, Texas. He served as a fuels specialist and assistant district fire management officer in the Walker Ranger District, and fire management officer for the Blackduck Ranger District, both on the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota. Fischer worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Wisconsin as the fire management officer for the Necedah, Trempealeau, and Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuges.
Fischer plans to continue focusing his efforts on the integration of land and resource use, building relationships, and strengthening partnerships for all interested parties.
Fischer and his wife Stacie have two teenagers, Ellie and Carson, and all share the love of their 8-year-old yellow lab, Bella.
“The Open House will give folks the opportunity to share with us their views on our current working relationship and identify areas where we can strengthen our working together in the future,” said Thrift.
“I look forward to getting to know those we work with who share our multiple-use public land stewardship mission and gaining a better understanding of how BLM can be more relevant in working together,” said Fischer.