Meet our New South Coast Community Liaison

Frank Burris’ first love has always been wildlife management, so he is retiring from OSU Extension Service at the end of March, and starting a new job in April working with the Elakha Alliance as our South Coast Community Liaison to help return sea otters back to Oregon.

Frank has served as Watershed Management Educator for the OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant since 2000, and has been County Leader of the Curry County OSU Extension office since 2007. His interests include: water quality, wetland and estuary education and restoration, and tourism and economic development. A short assignment as Interim Coastal Region Director, a special assignment with the Association of Oregon Counties working as the Mid-Coast Coordinator to improve and complete the Oregon Coast Trail, and serving as facilitator for the Rocky Habitat selection process, helped broaden Franks knowledge of the coast and the people working to protect and preserve its beauty and strong sense of community.

In his spare time, Frank enjoys riding his bicycle, floating rivers, bird watching with his lovely wife, Jan, and flying. They live in Gold Beach, Oregon with their dog, Maddy. We are pleased to have you join the team, Frank!