Zoe Tinkle is a Natural Resource Specialist at the Idaho Army National Guard (IDARNG) in Boise, Idaho. Ms. Tinkle has six years experience working for the IDARNG Environmental Management Office under Charlie Baun (current NMFWA Western Regional Director) and alongside Kevin Warner (current Western Representative for DoD Partners in Flight).
Zoe grew up at the base of the Rocky Mountains where she spent most her time fishing, hiking, and camping throughout northern Colorado’s forests and shrublands. She went on to earn her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Boise State University where she studied population dynamics and behavioral ecology of small mammals on the IDARNG Orchard Combat Training Center (OCTC) in southwestern Idaho. Additionally, while in graduate school, Zoe initiated an education/outreach program which aimed to increase the connectivity among Idaho’s K-12 students, researchers, land managers, and the lands they work and play in. The program, named the Idaho Adopt a Scientist Program, was established in 2015 after receiving the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Education, Management, and Conservation Grant. Zoe has continued the program throughout her position at the IDARNG with increasing focus on the relationship between DoD installations and the natural resources they manage.
At her current position with the IDARNG, Zoe does the majority of her work on the OCTC, which is entirely within the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA). The OCTC is an important area to many raptor species and their prey (ground squirrels and jackrabbits), an endangered plant, many species of reptiles, long-billed curlews, burrowing owls, sagebrush obligate songbirds and many species of bats. The IDARNG Environmental Management Office conducts work to ensure and expand the OCTC’s ability to support the military mission while maintaining compatibility with the NCA and its many plant and animal species. Additionally, the IDARNG Environmental Management Office is highly involved in empirical research through partnerships with local universities and agencies.
Zoe’s professional passions lie with the land she helps manage, the resources she hopes to conserve and the mission her office supports. In her free time, Zoe can typically be found outside enjoying Idaho’s beautiful wilderness and inevitably being herded by her shepherd and corgi.