Keith Kurko, Alternate Commissioner

Keith Kurko, USA Alternate Commissioner

During his professional career of over 30 years, Keith Kurko has been a fisheries scientist, a science manager, and an environmental negotiator/mediator.  He worked for Seattle Public Utilities and City Light, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Forest Service.  At City Light, he led the negotiations for the federal relicensing of the Skagit River Hydroproject. While at Seattle Public Utilities, Keith authored and negotiated portions of the 50-year Cedar River Habitat Conservation Plan for compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and advised Seattle’s elected officials for ESA salmon recovery efforts in the Lake Washington Basin.

Keith is a student of natural history and a birdwatcher, a wilderness enthusiast, an avid backpacker, and a section hiker of the Pacific Crest Trail.  He is a past Board Member of the North Cascades Conservation Council; a long-standing and an active member of the Seattle Mountaineers, Seattle Audubon Society, and the Wilderness Society.

Appointed in February 1, 2017