Michele Witecha

Rangeland Fire and Wildlife Ecologist

1410 South Main Street, Suite 2
Scott City, KS 67871

Email: mwitecha@ksu.edu
Phone: 620-872-3230 Ext. 101
Fax: 620-872-5873

Michele Witecha joined the Kansas Forest Service in 2012 as a Rangeland Fire and Wildlife Ecologist based out of Scott City, Kansas. She grew up in Florida, where she graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2004. Michele later received her Master’s degree in Range & Wildlife Management in 2011 from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, where she studied the effects of a large-scale wildfire on avian communities. She has worked numerous paid and volunteer positions in agencies such as the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and The Nature Conservancy, where her main focuses included prescribed fire, habitat management & restoration, and avian ecology.

Michele has been working with wildland fire since 2004. She works with local landowners in western Kansas to help them increase suitable habitat for game and non-game upland birds (such as the Lesser Prairie-chicken) through Conservation Reserve Programs (CRP) and management practices such as burning, disking, and interseeding. She also works to promote the ecological and economic benefits of fire through the establishment of prescribed burn associations in western Kansas.