Getting to Know Bracken Davis, UDAF, Plant Industry, Deputy Director Bracken Davis has worked for the Utah Department of Agriculture, Food and Conservation (UDAF) for nine years. He has recently taken the position of deputy director for the Division of Plant Industry. Bracken will oversee many programs including the noxious weed program for UDAF.
When Bracken was ten, he worked a summer job breeding irises. Bracken took his passion for botany to Weber State University and graduated in 2002. He worked various seasonal vegetation monitoring jobs including one that took him to Hawaii. Bracken returned to Utah and graduated with a Master’s Degree in GIS and Landscape Management in 2009 from BYU. During the summer of 2008, Bracken was recruited into UDAF to work on GIS and databases in vegetation monitoring.
Bracken is the father of two girls (ages 8 and 9). Bracken is an avid runner and enjoys trail running. When Bracken isn’t working he spends time with his girls playing laser tag, watching movies and hiking.
Bracken hopes to help grow and support all of the programs within the Division of Plant Industry. Bracken feels that he can provide a big picture view to integrate program goals. Bracken emphasized the importance of listening to program managers as a tool to continue improving UDAF’s many programs.