January 10, 2019
Writer: Virginia Henry
After 35 years of service with Idaho Fish and Game, Ed Schriever has been appointed as the new director. He is taking over for Virgil Moore, who retired after years of service himself.
Schriever has been the deputy director for Idaho Fish and Game for the last almost four years.
Before being in senior director positions, Schriever was a young man who just liked to fish and hunt. He told BYU-Idaho Radio in an interview that when he went to college he decided to major in something he was passionate about.
After graduating from Oregon State University, he started to become more interested in the conservation side of the outdoors.
“There’s so much more to our experiences than just the fishing and the hunting,” he said.
Although he started out just enjoying the outdoors as a hobby, he is now familiar with all of the science that goes into what he does.
“We have to preserve, protect, perpetuate and manage the states wildlife,” Schriever said, “we do that from a basis of science.”
Schriever commented that not only does their department focus on the biological side of wildlife, they also have to consider the social science side. They manage people just as much as wildlife. With Idaho being the fastest growing state in the country, they have to stay ahead of the growing communities and their effect on the habitats of animals.
He explained that people may just expect that they deal with issues of scarcity. They also have to handle issues with abundance, such as deer and elk grazing on private or agricultural lands.
For the most part, with the exception of sage grouse, salmon, and steelhead, all wildlife is doing much better than it was 70 years ago.
Idaho Fish and Game works under the Fish and Game Commission, which puts out the rules and regulations they must enforce. Schriever told us they’ve been very pleased with how things have been going in our state.
“Really I am focusing on the momentum that the agency currently has,” he said.
He said thanks to some legislation that increased the department’s funds, they’ve been able to gain back some lost capacity and more properly do their job in the last eight years.
“One of the major capacity increases we’ve added is to our wildlife monitoring program,” he said. “We’re just doing a much better job of inventorying what we have, how many we have, their causes of mortality so that we can be better managers and that’s been a big addition to the agency over the last couple years.”
Not only does Schriever care about the welfare of the animals, he also wants recreation to remain a part of Idaho’s identity.
“In the last year we were able to secure an access agreement with the department of lands for 2.3 million acres of … endowment property,” he said. “To make sure people continue to have the ability to recreate.” He also remarked that he is going to continue to work on that.
In addition to taking care of civilians’ recreational abilities Schriever has other plans.
“I’m going to work with the commission to add some social science capacity to the agency,” he said. “I’m working on a deal with the University of Idaho to co-fund a professor that will help us provide survey information on what people think about their wildlife and how they want to interact with it.”
Overall, Schriever has hit that ground running with years of experience and passion driving his success.