James R. Sedell, Ph.D., passed peacefully on August 18, 2012. Jim brought more than 30 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service in fish conservation and aquatic ecology research to NFWF, which he joined in February 2008 as Director of Freshwater Fish Conservation. In that role, Jim pioneered a series of fish conservation strategies focusing on species in need, such as wild salmon and trout, but also on less charismatic but ecologically important species such as native chubs and sucker fish. He created dynamic and large-scale partnerships among diverse stakeholders with the ultimate goal of conserving more fish for all, always with a broad smile and hearty laugh.
Prior to joining NFWF, Jim served as the Director of the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service in Berkeley, California. In that position, he oversaw research in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific. He directed national programs concerning water, large watershed restoration, and Experimental Forest networks.
NFWF has established the James R. Sedell Fish and Forests Scholarship Fund in memory of Jim. It will provide one scholarship a year for a fish/forestry Ph.D. student attending Oregon State University. Those wishing to donate to the scholarship fund should send a check payable to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, indicating on the memo line of the check that it is for the James R. Sedell Fish and Forests Scholarship Fund. The address is 1133 15th St. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005.