Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Foster Creek Conservation District Staff

Amanda Ward

District Manager

 

Programs:

- Administration and Finances

- Direct Seed

- Farmed Smart Audits

- Grants

 

Contact Information:

award@fostercreekcd.org

509-449-2158 (c)

509-888-6373 (o)

 

Amanda has over 15 years of planning experience and project management.  She has a degree in Environmental Science, Land and Water from Charles Sturt University and an Advanced Diploma in Land Management from the University of Sydney in Australia. 

Elizabeth Jackson 

Natural Resources Specialist

 

Programs:
- Douglas Co. Voluntary Stewardship Program

- Douglas Co. Multiple Species General Conservation Plan

- Farm Planning

- Farmed Smart Audits

 

Contact Information:

ejackson@fostercreekcd.org

509-630-2369 (c)

509-888-6375 (o)

 

Originally from New York and New England, Elizabeth moved to the Wenatchee Valley in 2014 with a passion for fish and wildlife and working with people.  Elizabeth has over 8 years of experience in resource management at non-profit, state, and federal levels with a focus in endangered and threatened species.  She earned a BA in Environmental Science from Clark University in 2009 and a master’s certificate in Wildlife Management from Oregon State University in 2019.  Elizabeth enjoys the beauty of North Central Washington and devotes herself to preserving our natural resources for future generations.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking with her two dogs, and being a foster parent for animal rescue non-profits. 

Ryan Lefler

Natural Resource Specialist

 

Programs:

- Douglas County Cooperative Weed Management Area

- Biological Controls 

- Habitat Restoration

- Noxious Weed Control and Mapping

 

Contact Information:

rlefler@fostercreekcd.org

509-423-5990 (c)

509-423-6376 (o)

 

Ryan was born and raised in Royal City in Grant County, Washington.  After graduating from Western Washington University with a BS in Environmental Science in 2014, he spent 5 years in California working for non-profits, state agencies, and private consulting in habitat restoration, wildlife biology, and large infrastructure construction projects.  Ryan lives in Waterville, and enjoys the pace of life and open space in Douglas County.  He also enjoys the opportunity to work on solving local environmental problems while working with Producers to increase the profitability of their operations.

Angela Orpet

Natural Resource Technician

 

Programs:

- Water Quality Monitoring

- Soil Quality Monitoring

- Education & Outreach

 

Contact Information:

aorpet@fostercreekcd.org

509-449-5021 (c)

509-888-6374 (o)

 

Angie is from Westminster, Colorado where she earned a BA in Ecology and a BS in Business at the University of Colorado.  After graduating, she spent several years working adventurous biological jobs researching ticks, frogs, and small mammals in a variety of settings like alpine Colorado, forests of the eastern U.S., and the marshes in Australia.  She earned a master's degree in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona where she focused on improving water capture in desert cities.  She continued to work with water, soil, and plants in cities around the U.S. until moving to Washington to join her husband while optimizing tree fruit cropping systems with Washington State University.  Angie joined the FCCD team in 2017 and is happy to have more opportunities to work with the people and the natural resources in Douglas County.  She enjoys meeting and talking to residents about their water and their land while sharing gathered information with all ages. Outside of work, Angie spends time cooking, walking, biking, urban foraging, and volunteering.

Becca Hebron

Natural Resource Technician

 

Programs:

- Direct Seed

- Soil Health and Quality Monitoring

- Education & Outreach

 

Contact Information:

rhebron@fostercreekcd.org

509-699-8344 (c)

509-888-6374 (o)

 

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Becca Hebron graduated from North Dakota State University with a BS in Natural Resources Management and Soils.  She has 4 years’ experience conducting soil research through tracking soil and microbial responses to Best Management Practice implementation, saline soil mitigation with use of cover crops, and many other research projects as a soil technician with the NDSU Soils Department and Soil Health Extension.  As the new Soil Health and Direct Seed Program Lead, she is eager to lend her expertise to North Central Washington farmers in helping them adapt sustainable farming practices to enhance the area’s crop production, economy, and surrounding environment.  Soil is one of Earth’s most precious resources, and helping to properly maintain and care for it to ensure a better future is one of Becca’s main drivers for her passion for soil.  When she’s not looking at the dirt, she’s doing any other activity outside enjoying nature with her family and dogs.

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