Renee Galeano-Popp by Mike Hudak
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Government Agency Politics: Prelude to Environmental Degradation

Renee Galeano-Popp began working short-term jobs with the US Forest Service while still an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University. Upon graduating with a BS degree in botany in 1978, she commenced upon a twenty-year career with the US Forest Service—a career that included roles, both as technician and professional, with wide experience in timber and range. In her professional capacity, she held positions that included range conservationist, regional botanist, and manager of the Wildlife, Fish, and Rare Plants Program on the Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico. Ms. Galeano-Popp resigned from the Forest Service in April 1998 following a six-month-long dispute over the evaluation of grazing allotments containing federally listed species. Since that time she has consulted on energy-related projects, and has performed land management planning for the BLM.

In this video, Renee Galeano-Popp talks about the politics that hinder efforts by the US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the endangered Sacramento prickly poppy and the threatened Sacramento Mountains thistle, both negatively impacted by livestock grazing on the Lincoln National Forest.

Recorded in August 2004. This video is an excerpt from Renee Galeano-Popp’s interview in Western Turf Wars: The Politics of Public Lands Ranching.