Bob Phillips by Mike Hudak
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  Bob Phillips (1930–2008)
 
Recovery of the Bruneau River after Removal of Cattle
 
Bob Phillips grew up in the agricultural community of Independence, OR, where he developed an early interest in fishing. He earned a BS degree in fisheries from Oregon State University in 1953, and then joined the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Ketchikan, AK, where he studied the migration and survival of pink salmon. The following year he began a fifteen-year tenure with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. During this time, Phillips continued his studies at Oregon State, earning an MS degree in fisheries in 1962. He joined the US Forest Service in 1969 as a regional fisheries biologist working out of the regional office in Portland, OR. Phillips transferred to Washington, DC, in 1977, where he worked in program planning and budget for fish and wildlife habitat management. During 1980–83, Phillips worked at the Juneau Office (AK), and then completed his career at the Portland Regional Office in 1988.

Phillips has served as president of the Pacific Fisheries Biologists, the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and the Portland Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

Bob Phillips describes the recovery of Nevada’s Bruneau River and its trout population that resulted from removing cattle from the area in the early 1990s.

Recorded in August 2003. This video is an excerpt from Bob Phillips’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.