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News from CSKT Tribal Conservation Program

Chief Pablo Espinoza, Tribal Conservation Program, announces promotions of Sergeant Dan McClure to Captain and Investigator Brandon Couture to Sergeant. The promotion of officers comes after three retirements and a desire to improve the responsiveness and organizational capacity of the Conservation Program.  

Captain Dan McClure has extensive supervisory experience with the Conservation Program and former supervisory experience with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Law and Order Department and also with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Couture has supervisory experience with the US Air Force Security Police.

Chief Espinoza said, “Both officers have great communication skills and extensive enforcement experience that contribute to a strong and effective Conservation Program moving forward.  

I’m pleased to announce the promotions of both Captain McClure and Sergeant Couture.”

Conservation officers are charged with enforcing fish, wildlife and recreation laws, but the program’s conservation officers also coordinate search and rescue operations, assist with fish and wildlife management and relocation, and assist with enforcement of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. Conservation Officers also make a variety of presentations to area education and civic groups. 

Cross-deputized as state wardens, Tribal conservation officers enforce tribal, state and federal fish, wildlife and recreation laws and regulations on the reservation and within aboriginal territory. Conservation officers also work to ensure compliance with boating, snowmobile and off-road vehicle rules. They patrol all parts of the reservation, from highways and backcountry roads to wilderness trails, lakes and streams. Checking as many as 6,500 permits a year, 

they use every opportunity to disseminate current conservation information to the public.

At times, they are expected to work long and irregular hours on outdoor patrols.

For more information regarding the Conservation Program, contact Chief Pablo Espinoza or Germaine White at 406-675-2700.

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