NASELLE - Kristine Massin recently joined the staff at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge as outdoor recreation planner, returning to Washington state from her most recent posting at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge near Denver.
Her responsibilities will include curricula development for educational outreach programs sponsored by the Refuge as well as public use plans for the 16,000-acre Willapa Refuge Complex.
Charlie Stenvall, project leader for the Willapa Refuge Complex, announced Massin's appointment with enthusiasm as Kristine's background includes extensive experience in environmental education and public outreach.
Massin and her husband will initially make their home in Bay Center, where their house is filled with critters, including two dogs, two cats, two horses, racing pigeons, several snakes and lizards, native fish tanks and a peregrine falcon.
"I guess my professional interest in fish and wildlife follow me home," laughs Kristine. However, the educational benefit of non-releasable wildlife is significant since she often uses raptors and snakes in interpretative programs to help emphasize the impact that people have on wildlife.