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Dan Draper

Monitoring Supervisor


AAS in Environmental Technology, 2004
Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, OR

Current undergraduate student in Natural Resources, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


Dan has lived in the Coos Bay area since the sixth grade. He worked at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology doing maintenance and grounds keeping as a summer job during high school. His work around OIMB and his participation in the Coos Natural Resource Systems course at Marshfield High School peaked his interest in Natural Resources. He is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University.

Dan and his wife Nicole live in Allegany with their 2 year old son Hayden, brand new daughter Paisley and their animals. They enjoy living up the river in Allegany where they are closer to the outdoors and can enjoy activities like camping, fishing, hunting, and playing in the garden and the yard.

What Dan Does at CoosWa

Dan participated in a work-study program with the CoosWA nursery when the nursery was located on the SWOCC campus. He then took a summer position on a field crew and was offered a staff position as a Monitoring Technician after he graduated. As a Monitoring Technician at the Coos Watershed Association, Dan has taken on progressively more responsibilities. He now manages multiple survey crews and acts as a crew leader on mostly aquatic habitat inventory surveys, does a lot of data analysis, and grant proposal and report writing. He also continues to manage the Association’s native plant nursery, which has been relocated to a site on the Matson Creek Wetland Preserve.

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In addition to his excellence in field monitoring and leading survey crews, Dan is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Coos Watershed Association. 2016