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Maren Peterson - Communications & Development Coordinator

maren petersonMaren grew up in a small farming community in western Wisconsin. She spent as much time as possible on her uncle’s farm exploring the fields, woods and farm. She is passionate about people having the opportunity to make a living in the place they love and passing that love and livelihood onto their children and grandchildren. Maren has a wide range of experiences working in and learning about community-based natural resource use from communities in the US, Nepal, Thailand, Palau, Mexico, Vietnam and Uganda. She earned a M.A. in Geography from Miami University in Ohio where she examined the impact of international policies on natural resource use and livelihoods in NE Mexico.

Maren was pulled out West by her husband who received a position with Oregon State University and who spent a lot of time in Idaho visiting and camping with family when he was young. After a few years exodus to Southern California, they have returned to La Grande. They have 2 teenage boys who, “never wanted to leave Oregon in the first place,” 2 dogs and 1 cat (so far). All are extremely excited to be back in Northeast Oregon. Outside of work Maren enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, mountain biking, camping and skiing.

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Jennifer Hobbs - My Blue Mountain Woodlands Coordinator

jennifer hobbsBorn in Portland, Oregon and raised on a small farm near Mt. Rainier, Jennifer spent most family vacations in Wallowa County where her parents grew up. She studied English and Biology at University of Puget Sound and later found a great blend of some of her favorite things working at Microsoft on the science section of a multimedia encyclopedia. After several years in content management and search technology, she put her career on hold to travel around the world and volunteer with her husband Richard. They moved to Wallowa County in 1999 and found a gently deteriorating place along the Lostine River where she now enjoys a happy mix of renovation projects, trout farming, writing, small business management, theater, and raising three boys. Learn more about the My Blue Mountain Woodlands project.

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Kyle Petrocine - Renewable Energy Coordinator

kylepetrocineKyle was drawn to northeast Oregon since first setting foot in these parts. He is passionate about rural places, their resilience and independence, and is inspired by the blend of working landscape, natural beauty and creative energy that exists in Wallowa County. He was raised in southern Oregon and has spent most of his days living, working and exploring in the Pacific Northwest. Kyle joined WR Community Solutions Inc in 2015, with a focus on renewable energy development in the region. Kyle earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and brings a diverse engineering background to Wallowa Resources, including process, facilities and environmental engineering for a Portland area semi-conductor company and engineering consulting for a northeast Oregon firm.

While in Portland, Kyle met his wife Esther, who shares the same draw to rural, creative and working places. In 2014, Kyle and his family left the big city in search of mountains, four seasons and resource based community, landing in northeast Oregon. In his spare time, Kyle can be found soaking up the goodness with his family and experiencing the wonders of the region by fat ski, fat tire, foot or raft.

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Karen Hardigg - Special Initiatives Coordinator

karenhardiggHaving grown up in Portland, Karen is thrilled to be back working in her home state. Her passion for the outdoors led her to work as a field biologist on public lands across the west studying, and occasionally chasing, wildlife. Eventually realizing that she was better suited to work on natural resource policy, she went back to school for a graduate degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A fortuitous opportunity studying bears and wolves in Denali National Park introduced her to her husband, with whom she has two young children in Portland. After graduate school, Karen transitioned her science background to policy by working in the non-profit community to find solutions to challenging natural resource management problems. She comes to Wallowa Resources after spending nearly eight years working in Southeast Alaska on community forestry, forest stewardship, restoration and policy both at The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy. As Special Initiatives Program Coordinator her responsibilities include facilitation of the Wallowa-Whitman Forest Collaborative, and coordination of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition - which provides a voice to rural leaders on national policy issues impacting public lands. Outside of spending time with her family, Karen enjoys biking, hiking, and soccer and is eager to explore more of Wallowa County.

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Lindsay Miller - Education Specialist

lindsaymiller Lindsay grew up in upstate New York, a far cry from the western mountains. For as long as she can remember, she has spent her time outside exploring local forests and wild spaces, which eventually led her to pursue a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology. Living in the Northwest for almost a decade now, she worked all over Oregon as an environmental educator and naturalist before she returned to school four years ago to obtain her graduate degree and teaching certificate in secondary science education. She has worked in many classroom settings teaching grades K-12 about various subjects including astronomy, ecology, life science/biology, marine biology and environmental science. One of her goals is finding meaningful ways to engage students so that they can share her fascination with the natural landscape. She loves getting kids to ask questions, wonder about the unknown, and be curious about their environment to encourage them to become stewards of the same lands they explored as kids.

When Lindsay's not working, she can usually be found hiking, backpacking, and exploring. She is open to new experiences and loves outdoor sports. When not out in the woods, she likes to work in the garden, cook good food with friends, crochet endless scarves and learn to play new instruments. She is excited about joining the Enterprise community and looking forward to fostering public involvement in the beautiful landscape that surrounds Wallowa County.

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