Julie Butler is a Fish Biologist focusing on aquatic organism passage (AOP) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Vermont. Her position focuses on building partnerships with state, federal and local partners with the shared goal of improving habitat connectivity and water quality by removing dams and replacing undersized culverts. Barrier removal projects are multi-year projects that require multiple partners to move through to completion or implementation.
Previously, Julie held a position with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as a Fish Biologist focused on the monitoring and recovery of four endangered fish species in the Upper Colorado River Basin. The work was part of a concerted effort to restore Colorado Basin native species and was facilitated by the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, a collaborative partnership composed of water users, indigenous tribes, conservation groups, state agencies and federal agencies. The work in Utah and neighboring states emphasized the importance of habitat restoration as a factor in aquatic species recovery and the importance of collaborative partnership spanning large-scale species distributions.
Julie lives in Underhill, Vermont with her husband, their son, one dog, two cats, a handful of chickens and one obnoxious rooster. She loves to be outdoors gardening, hiking, boating, swimming and adventuring.
Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service