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WSC Trustees

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WSC Trustees

Frank Amato, Trustee

In the early 1970s, Frank was a member of the National Board of Directors of Trout Unlimited, was an active participant in the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, and was very instrumental in the first wild trout release restrictions on the Deschutes River.

Next on Frank’s agenda was to begin publishing fishing books and to start a magazine devoted solely to fly fishing. Frank Amato Publishing’s first book appeared in 1970 and Flyfishing the West (now Fly Fishing & Tying Journal) began in 1978. Then, the 1990’s, the Steelhead River Journal series began as did Steelhead Fly Fishing Journal.

Since those early years, Frank Amato Publications has published over 500 fishing books and videos, more than any other publisher in the history of the sport. And, probably not to anyone’s surprise, his 2007 catalogue of book titles [hold up copy], includes 25 books and videos dealing with steelhead.

Bill Bakke

Bill Bakke, Trustee

Bill Bakke is a native of Oregon and has been involved in fish conservation work for over 30 years.


He worked for agencies such as the Columbia River Fisheries Council and the Columbia River InterTribal Fish Commission. He’s written over 100 articles for sporting, news and scientific journals on fish conservation.


Bill’s work has been noted in numerous books about salmon conservation including A Common Fate by Joseph Cone, Song For The Blue Ocean by Carl Safina, and A River Lost by Blaine Harden.


His conservation work has appeared on national and international media including NOVA, ABC and BBC radio and television. Bill founded several environmental groups aimed at native fish conservation, including the Native Fish Society, a regional organization to protect and restore native fish fauna in the northwestern United States.

Dr Nate Mantua

Dr. Nathan Mantua, Trustee

Nathan Mantua is an affiliate Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Marine Affairs at the University of Washington, a full time research scientist with the UW’s  Climate Impacts Group, and the Assistant Director of the UW’s Center for Science in the Earth System.


Most of his current research is focused on regional impacts of climate on the water cycle, forests and marine ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest, and how climate information is or isn’t being used in resource management decisions.


Nate received a B.S. from the University of California at Davis in 1988, and a Ph.D. from the UW’s Department of Atmospheric Science in 1994. He spent one year as a postdoctoral Fellow at Scripps Institute of Oceanography working on a pilot project for the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction.


In April 2000 Nate received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his climate impacts research and public outreach activities.


From 2002 – 2009, Nate served on the Board of Directors for the Wild Steelhead Coalition as the Vice President of Science.

Dr. Jack Berryman, Trustee

Jack grew up in central Pennsylvania fishing for trout and bass and hunting for both small and big game. He continued fishing and hunting during his ten years of college and graduate school. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Jack was hired by the University of Washington in 1975. Jack caught his first steelhead that year in the Samish River and established an instant affection and respect for wild steelhead.


The fishing in the Northwest was so magnificent that he quit hunting, bought a boat and a river raft, and began fishing year round. Jack also guided on Alaska’s Kenai River during summers in the early 1980’s and caught his first steelhead on a fly in the mid-1980’s.


Jack began a freelance writing and photography career in 1986 and has published over 200 articles and numerous photographs in a wide variety of adventure, travel, and outdoor magazines. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and Society of Environmental Journalists and is a columnist for Salmon Trout Steelheader and Northwest Fly Fishing. Jack’s most recent book, Fly Fishing Pioneers & Legends of the Northwest (2006), won the OWAA’s Excellence in Craft Award. He is also a popular speaker for fly fishing clubs and does several slide presentations a year.


Conservation has always been important to Jack. He has served as president of the Northshore Chapter of Trout Unlimited and vice president of the Washington Fly Fishing Club (WFFC). He is also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee and won the WFFC’s Tommy Brayshaw Award in 2004 for his conservation work.


Jack became involved with the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) in 2001 when he was invited to become a trustee. He became the WSC’s second president soon thereafter. Jack is also currently professor of medical history in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.


After being involved in several conservation groups for more than 30 years, Jack believes the WSC is the most active, enthusiastic, dedicated, and talented associations that he has ever been involved with. With a strong science base and commitment to a worthy and noble cause, the WSC has made a significant impact. Saving wild steelhead, a precious icon of the Northwest, is a goal that Jack is committed and continues to work for.

John McGlenn

John McGlenn, Trustee

John McGlenn is a native of Montana who started fishing and hunting at a very early age and recalls after moving to Washington catching his first steelhead on the Bogachiel in 1963.


He is currently a Principal with Tetra Tech, a consulting engineering and architectural firm. Prior to entering the engineering field, he served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy.


John’s entire family is devoted to fishing, hunting and conservation. He is a founding board member and past president of the WWRC and the Washington Wildlife Federation; a former Vice Chairman of the Intermountain West Joint Venture (North American Waterfowl Plan); and was on the boards of the Izaak Walton League, the Washington Environmental Council, the Wild Salmon Center and Western Rivers Conservancy. He served 12 years on Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission (four as Chairman).


John and his wife Ronni reside in Bellevue, Washington.

Dick Burge

Dick Burge, Trustee

Backstory: A love of fishing led Dick to study Fisheries at Humboldt State University. In California, Dick managed the abalone program and conducted the first background studies at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Reactor site. He was a diving biologist and also worked on lobster, sea urchins and Pismo clams. He moved to Washington with his family in 1980, in part to pursue his love of fishing, rafting, skiing, hunting, and horse-packing.


First Steelhead: Growing up in San Jose, Dick spent every moment he could sneaking away (yes-even cutting lots of high school classes) to the lakes, creeks and rivers in Santa Clara Valley to chase trout, salmon and steelhead. His favorite river was the San Lorenzo, near Santa Cruz; that’s where he caught his first steelhead.


What He Does: Dick headed the Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory for 15 years, directing a staff of biologists to manage the shellfish in Puget Sound. In 1996 he was appointed the Policy Director of the shellfish program. He retired in 2000 to actively enjoy his hobbies and to study other species, chiefly salmonids. The Burge family owns a small Christmas tree farm near Quilcene.


Personal Philosophy: “Wild steelhead are far too important and valuable to our culture to continue to harvest. Many runs are depleted or near extinction and need much more protection than they are receiving today. We shouldn’t be risking the few healthy runs by allowing the killing of even one wild fish. We must do more in the fields of modeling and management, enforcement, hatchery reform, habitat restoration and education if we are to recover this majestic fish to our state waters.”