Kevin Connally is a Biologist and Conservation Planner for the USFWS in Olympia, Washington. Kevin’s work focuses primarily on employing the tools in Section 10 of the ESA to conserve and recover threatened and endangered plants, fish, and wildlife.
Kevin collaborates with individual landowners, business interests, local governments, state wildlife agencies, and tribes to develop and implement conservation plans. Kevin served as the Service’s lead biologist for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program and helped develop General Conservation Plan approaches that streamline ESA compliance while securing landscape-scale conservation benefits for listed species. He recently completed details as the Region 5 (New England) Acting Habitat Conservation Planning Coordinator, and served as a member of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Laysan Island Demobilization and Habitat Restoration Team.
Kevin has been invited to teach Habitat Conservation Planning for Endangered Species at the National Conservation Training Center each year since 2010, and collaborated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop and deliver coursework focused on Collaboration and Conflict Transformation.
Kevin is a 2014 alumnus of the Managing by Network course.
When he isn’t planning conservation or talking about conservation, Kevin is usually outside enjoying the Pacific Northwest with his wife and best friend Wendy (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Landscape Conservation Section Manager). When they can’t be outside, they are usually in their kitchen feeding and entertaining friends.
Kevin's 2014 case study for Managing by Network features the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program. This stakeholder-based, consensus-building approach resolved a conflict that had tormented central Texas for more than 60 years. The case study looks at the intersection of drought, groundwater law, the Endangered Species Act, and years of legal battles that were overcome in 2013 with the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan and the issuance of a USFWS Incidental Take Permit.
Kevin is featured in the following instructional video: