Jessie is a home-grown Idahoan, who grew up working on her family’s potato farm (“Spud” farm if you are from Idaho). Plant and animal management eventually led to Jessie’s passion for wildlife management, which started at an early age raising cattle, pheasants, horses, chickens, sheep, and pigs. You will find Jessie outside as much as possible, from hunting in Idaho’s backcountry to driving tractors or running chainsaws on habitat projects. Jessie has a 17 year background in habitat work and mule deer & elk management and research. She worked 16 years for Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a research technician and wildlife habitat biologist. Her position with MDF allows leveraging funds and bringing people together to coordinate landscape-level projects in identified critical habitats for mule deer.