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The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) announced today that it had hired two new staff positions to support mule deer conservation and habitat restoration in Colorado. Jamie Nogle will be working with the Bureau of Land Management and Intermountain West Joint Venture as the sagebrush partnership coordinator in Grand Junction. In addition, Hogan Peterson is the state’s new regional director coordinating chapter and volunteer efforts.

Since last summer, MDF has welcomed five new staff members to the team to support state-level conservation projects in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. When combined with regional staff who are the direct liaisons with chapters and local volunteers, the organization is proving its commitment to its mission of ensuring the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer, and their habitat.

Mule deer bucks, down from higher elevations, wandered throughout Chalk Creek Canyon following the recent snowstorm. AVV file photo.

“The Mule Deer Foundation is making the investment to build our staff so that we can work closely with our partners in state and federal agencies as well as private landowners,” commented Mule Deer Foundation President/CEO Joel Pedersen. “Through chapter fundraising efforts, conservation grants, and volunteer restoration projects, we are effectively implementing the large landscape conservation and restoration projects that will make the biggest difference for deer. We are excited to welcome Jamie and Hogan to our growing team to help increase our efforts for mule deer in Colorado.”

Jamie Nogle is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with over 13 years of professional and technician-level experience which includes working at Purdue University, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a private consulting firm, and most recently as a District Biologist at the National Wild Turkey Federation. Jamie has extensive experience in wildlife habitat management, partnership coordination, volunteer engagement, and conducting long-term research projects and wildlife population monitoring. She will use this experience as the Northwest Colorado Sagebrush Partnership Coordinator to increase partnerships and the delivery and implementation of conservation efforts across Northwest Colorado with local, state, and federal partners. This is part of a western U.S. effort called Partnering to Conserve Sagebrush Rangelands. Funding and supporting partners include the Bureau of Land Management, Intermountain West Joint Venture, Colorado Parks, and Wildlife, and other local and state partners.

Hogan Peterson is a native of Colorado’s Western Slope, where he grew up hunting, fishing, and hiking, beginning a lifelong passion for all things outdoors and conservation. He studied political science at Colorado Mesa University and spent the first six years of his professional career working in the offices of multiple members of Congress, with an emphasis on natural resources policy.

Jamie Nogle can be reached at while Hogan Peterson can be reached at