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Ben Cate
Ecological Coordinator

Ben grew up in the small southeast Oregon town of Burns that is home to the High Desert Partnership.  He developed an appreciation for the great outdoors at an early age and built on that by attending Oregon State University to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, specializing in wildlife biology and conservation.  He spent four years working for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Roseburg, OR prior to moving back to Burns to work as wildlife biologist and program manager for the Burns Paiute Tribe in 2014. 

Ben’s experience consists of a mixture of wildlife habitat improvement projects and wildlife research.  His extensive habitat enhancement, improvement and restoration work make him very knowledgeable on how these types of projects are implemented on the ground and make him a perfect fit as our new aquatic health coordinator. Ben is excited to work in a collaborative effort to influence local land management in a positive way and to connect people to the amazing landscape that is the high desert.  When not taking full advantage of what Oregon has to offer in the way of outdoor recreation through camping, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, hiking, (the list could go on) Ben enjoys playing music, coaching the local high school wrestling team, and growing his collection of bonsai trees. Contact Ben at