Foster Creek Conservation District
Foster Creek Conservation District

Foster Creek Conservation District Staff

Becca Hebron

Natural Resource Technician

 

Programs:

- Direct Seed

- Soil Health

- 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.

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.

Malcolm Macleod

VSP Coordinator

 

Programs:

- Voluntary Stewardship Program

 

Contact information:

mmcleod@fostercreekcd.org

509-630-2369 (c)

509-423-6376 (o)

 

Malcolm was raised in San Antonio, Texas and did his undergraduate studies at UT Austin. He served as a sustainable agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama where he specialized in aquaculture and soil conservation. This community-based approach to stewardship inspired him to pursue a Master in Environmental Management degree from Western Colorado University. While in Gunnison, CO he gained experience restoring Sage-grouse habitat with the USFS, managed forest health projects on private lands with the CSFS, and worked with Coldharbour Institute to coordinate water stewardship citizen science programs and promote regenerative agriculture practices. Malcolm is a beaver believer who is professionally trained to build flow devices for non-lethal conflict resolution and to install low-tech structures for habitat restoration. He is excited to lead the Voluntary Stewardship Program in facilitating activities that increase water resiliency, protect wildlife habitat, and improve the health and productivity of lands in Douglas County.

Angela Orpet

Natural Resource Technician

 

Programs:

- Multiple Species General Conservation Plan

- Water 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 2018 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.

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 20 years of project management and planning experience.  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.  Amanda worked as an environmental  consultant and restoration ecologist for a private company in the Chicago region for six years, and has also managed or been involved in many restoration projects in both Australia and New Zealand. A keen photographer, Amanda moved to Washington in 2015, and enjoys exploring the side roads and natural areas of the west coast. 

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