community watershed restoration since 1983

Staff

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Petrolia Staff

Petrolia office telephone number: (707) 629-3514

Nathan Queener, Executive Director  
nathan@mattole.org

Nathan has worked for the MRC since 2007, with a focus on the design and implementation of approaches to monitoring instream sediment conditions in the watershed, and analysis of trends in stream habitat conditions. He holds an MS in Watershed, Wildland, and Forest Science from Humboldt State University (exp. 2014). Prior to his position as ED, he served as our Program Director for our Watershed Information Science Program.

AliPhotAli Freedlund, Working Lands Human Communities Program Director
ali@mattole.org

Ali has been working for the Council continuously since 1996, beginning as a watershed advocate where forestry was concerned. Currently, she coordinates the Working Lands and Human Communities program for the Council.  Most of the WLHC program projects in the past several years have been focusing on reducing the wildfire threat by implementing fuels reduction projects throughout the watershed with MRCs many partners. She is also available to assist with information about the Mattole PTEIR, the watershed-wide permit for landowners wishing to do selection forestry.

IMG_5087Hugh McGee, Native Ecosystem Restoration Program Director
hugh@mattole.org

Hugh joined the MRC in 2006. At the MRC, his projects focus on designing and implementing riparian, grasslands, and oak woodland restoration projects. Prior to his time with the MRC, he worked for private ecological restoration firms, the National Park Service, and as a private consultant designing and implementing wetland and riparian restoration projects throughout the western united states. He also spent a couple summers working as a biologist hooting for mexican spotted owls and chasing song birds through sage brush. He holds a BS in Environmental Science (University of Vermont, 2002) with an emphasis on conservation biology and ecological restoration.

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Flora Brain, Field Institute and Watershed Newsletter Project Coordinator 
flora@mattole.org

Flora joined the MRC staff in 2007 to work primarily as grantwriter. Her prior work experience includes leading trail crews in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, conducting soil and veg surveys for a private conservation firm, working on a citizen science invasive weeds mapping program for the University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute, and as a naturalist at an environmental school. Flora has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana School of Forestry and in 2010, she reduced her MRC workload in order to earn a Master’s degree in Environment and Community Social Science. Her Master’s research was focused on the place she loves best: the Mattole River watershed.

JohnPhotoJohn Summers, NER Project Coordinator
john@mattole.org

John joined the MRC in 2015 as our Field Crew Leader for the Native Ecosystem Restoration Program. His work focuses on invasive species removal, riparian ecosystem restoration, and Sudden Oak Death (SOD) monitoring. His prior work experience includes several terms with AmeriCorps specializing in habitat restoration and environmental interpretation, and as a forestry technician for Full Circle Forestry. He is a graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Conservation Biology.

Veronica Yates, Native Plant Nursery Managerveronica@mattole.org

Veronica has been involved with various programs at the MRC since 2014, beginning as a field crew member. In 2015-2016 she served as a member of the Americorps Watershed Stewards Program here in the Mattole, where she helped build our new and improved native plant nursery and participated in many different local and regional restoration and education programs. She managed the nursery from 2016-2019, and after a short sailing journey has since returned to her beloved domain as nursery manager. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Environmental Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz.  Veronica is pictured above on the right, passing the “tree torch” with Monica Schooley, the previous nursery manager.

IMG_0559_0245_compressedPamela Conn, Bookkeeper, Contract Manager
pam@mattole.org

Pamela joined the MRC in 2007. She is a graduate from Humboldt State University and holds a BS in Wildlife with emphasis in Conservation Biology and Applied Vertebrate Ecology, and an MBA coupled with a certificate of study in natural resources policy & administration. Guilty of raptor rapture, Pam has participated in several research projects on birds of prey within northern CA. She is also an avid drag racer and dog lover.

Jennifer Gilda, Office Manager   jen@mattole.org

Jennifer first joined the MRC in 2007, serving two years as an Americorps Watershed Stewards Project member, assisting with field work, outreach and education. She then worked as the office manager and environmental education director for our partner organization, the Mattole Salmon Group. After a two year adventure around the San Juan Islands and Seattle, learning and teaching permaculture, Jennifer returned home to friends, family, and the Mattole watershed. Jennifer has a M.A. in Social Ecology with a focus in permaculture (Prescott College, 2017), and a B.S.  in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, with a minor in Native American Studies, and an emphasis in Cultural Studies and Environmental Education (Humboldt State University, 2005).

Whitethorn Staff

P1010262C. Moss, Mattole Ecological Education Program Director
moss@mattole.org

Moss joined the MRC staff in 2003 and was MEEP’s program coordinator and principal teacher in all 6 watershed schools from 2003-2012. Since 2012, Moss’s teaching focus has been in the two upriver schools–Whitethorn and Whale Gulch. Both through MEEP and in partnership with MSG, Sanctuary Forest, LCIA, and BLM, Moss’s education and restoration-focused work has encouraged students (as well as parents and community members) to plant hundreds of trees over the years, remove bioinvasives and do water quality monitoring throughout the watershed, and participate in countless other field trips and classes with a highly varied ecological and watershed education focus.


P1010804(3)Theresa Vallotton, Nick’s Interns Coordinator
theresa@mattole.org

In spring of 1977 Theresa and husband Ken brought their two young children to live in the headwaters of the Mattole River. She was a teacher’s aide at Whitethorn School in the 1980’s, fostered teens in the 90’s, then hired by MRC in 2003 to be an upriver landowner liaison for the Good Roads Clear Creeks program. In 2006 Theresa became Nick’s Interns Program Coordinator working with participating agencies, schools, staff and students. “I love this job! It connects me with so many wonderful people and brings life changing experience to the students we hire.” Theresa remains the upriver contact for the Whitethorn Office.