Amy Spoon is a wildlife biologist with Washington State Fish and Game. She has been something of a regular correspondent because she is an avid big-game hunter, waterfowl hunter and his crazy about fishing. She grew up with a dad who showed her the way and she also grew up out near the Olympic Peninsula where there is lots of room to be an outdoors person. Amy is also vigilant in terms of making sure that they don’t, in the words of Joni Mitchell, take paradise and put up a parking lot. Here she is explaining her duties: “I am an area habitat biologist. In Washington state if anybody plans on doing any work in or near the water, anything that is defined as waters of the state, you have to obtain a permit from fish and wildlife and so I get those applications and go out to the projects and make sure that what they are going to do is not going to impact fish habitat or fish life and then issue those permits. I then follow up and make sure everything was done according to plan and if any mitigation needs to be done then we work through that process as well.