Bureau Chief – Parks and Resources
Dustin McLain is a fish and wildlife biologist whose main species of interest includes the California red-legged frog, pacific pond turtle, coho salmon and steelhead trout of the California coast range. Mr. McLain has over 20 years of biological experience in the California coast range, Sierra Nevada mountain range and southern California bio-region, which has entailed both private and public sector service. Previous public service with the U.S. Forest Service allowed Dustin to study, survey and monitor multiple avian and amphibian species in the Eldorado National Forest. As a regulatory biologist and project manager for private consulting firms, Dustin conducted special-status species surveys, wetland delineations, monitoring of wildlife and was heavily involved in the project managing and regulatory permitting process which included authoring many 404/401/1600 permit application reports. Since 2006, Dustin has conducted Natural Resources Management for the County of Riverside and has been in charge of handling day to day acquisition, adaptive management activities, strategic planning, budgetary forecasting and procurement expenditures associated with the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and the Riverside County Parks Open-Space Unit; which encompasses a non-contiguous ±50,000 acre Reserve, 6 multi-use Reserves with passive recreation, 146 covered species and $2.30 million dollar budget responsibility. As newly appointed Chief, Mr. McLain will add oversight duties of 8 Regional Parks, which spans over 7000 square miles and includes both active and passive recreation opportunities.
Dustin possesses a B.S. in Biology (San Jose State University) and is a member of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, California Deer Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Dustin’s personal interest include backpacking, fishing, hunting and anything else involving the outdoors.