Hi Everyone!  I wanted to introduce myself to you.  I hope to meet many of you in person in the coming weeks. My name is Matt Baun and I am serving as the Acting LCC Coordinator for the South Atlantic LCC until June 30.

This assignment is part of a leadership development program that I am enrolled in and I am very eager to meet with as many conservationists in great states of the South Atlantic.  Today was my first day on the job….and it came with a steady stream of briefings, introductions and acronyms — LOTS of acronyms! I love it!  I am honored to join a very talented team within the LCC staff here in Raleigh.  I have already heard about so many wonderful things about the people, the projects and the partnerships that make the SALCC tick….and I can’t wait to learn more.

I come to the South Atlantic LCC from the Klamath Basin of Oregon and California where I work as a public affairs officer for the Fish and Wildlife Service. I advise the Service and work with an array of partners on a number of issues including northern spotted owl, gray wolf, salmon, and conflicts over water. In my spare time, I enjoy making bamboo fishing rods and fishing mountain streams. High on my list while I am back this way is to find some time to venture into the great trout waters here in the Southeast.

I was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

I live in Yreka, California with my wife, Holly, a GIS specialist, and our four children.