Hi, my name is Ryan Lefler and I joined the Foster Creek Conservation District team this past September. I grew up on an alfalfa farm in Royal City in southern Grant County and graduated from Western Washington University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. For the past five years, I have been working in habitat restoration, fisheries biology, and environmental consulting in various parts of California.
Now, I am the facilitator of the Douglas County Cooperative Weed Management Area and help control noxious weeds. I also am responsible for riparian restoration projects and am currently working to improve the Foster Creek watershed. I hope to use my skillset to improve the natural environment for the people and wildlife of Douglas County.
Hi, my name is Becca Hebron and I’m the new soil health scientist and manager of the Direct Seed Program! I am from various spots in North Dakota and Montana (we moved a lot) claiming Sidney, Montana and Fargo, North Dakota as the main places I spent most of my time. I went to school at Montana State University and North Dakota State University for a B.S. in Natural Resource Management and Soil Science. I moved to Waterville with my husband Jordan, son Grayson, and our two pups, all of whom are outdoor enthusiasts like me. As a family we spend as much time as possible outside hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, climbing, you name it.
My goal with the soil health program is to adapt concepts that are well-developed for the Midwest to be feasible and efficient in beautiful Douglas and surrounding counties. Working hand in hand with our producers, I hope to create management plans that follow current practices of the farm, while increasing the overall soil health and improving the outputs. Soil is one of earth’s most precious resources and keeping it healthy will help ensure we are caring for the many other connecting resources for our future generations to enjoy.