Kori Hutchison first worked for WEST in 2013 as a seasonal field biologist, and returned in 2017 as a Wildlife Biologist/Field Coordinator based out of the Corvallis, Oregon office. Kori received an A.A. degree and Wildlife Ecology Certificate from Vermilion Community College in 2003, a B.A. in Biology from Bemidji State University in 2005, a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Portland State University in 2011, and a M.S. in Wildlife and Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2013. Her graduate research focused on avian and bat responses to varying levels of green tree retention in managed pine forests of the Great Lakes Region.
Kori has over a decade of experience in wildlife and natural resources associated with federal and state entities, non-profits, universities and consulting firms in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. While her background has primarily involved assessing and mitigating potential impacts of forest management on wildlife, she also has experience implementing Avian Protection Plans for major electric utility companies, as well as facilitating environmental permitting, biological assessment and compliance work pertaining to energy transmission and generation, transportation, pipeline construction, pre- and post-construction renewable energy facilities, proposed mining activities and private development.