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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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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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Brian Clapp - Wallowa Canyonlands Project Coordinator

brian clappBrian was born and raised just outside Yellowstone National Park in rural Idaho where he enjoyed the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and hiking. He left Idaho at age 17 to enter the United States Army. Stationed in Georgia, he attended basic training and airborne school to become an Army Ranger. After his military service, Brian returned to Idaho to pursue an environmental science degree at the University of Idaho and marry his high school sweetheart, Holly. Brian first encountered noxious weed control and natural resource management during college working for the BLM, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, and Bonneville County weed program. He spent the last 4 years as a Noxious Weed Superintendent in Custer County, Idaho, where he managed a weed crew that inventoried, treated, and monitored terrestrial and aquatic invasive species across roughly 4 million acres of land in the rugged mountains of central Idaho. Brian has also been a member of the North American Invasive Species Management Association Biological Control Consortium and the Idaho Bio Control Task Force. While managing the Frank Church and Custer Cooperative Weed Management Areas, he honed the networking and grant writing skills that he will bring to Wallowa Resources. Brian, his wife, and their two boys are excited to realize a longtime dream of living in Oregon and cannot wait to experience all Wallowa County and the surrounding areas have to offer.

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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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Peg Vanderzanden – Grant Administrator

peg vanderzandenPeg comes to us with a wealth of experience and passion for working lands. Fifteen years ago, she and her husband Mark moved their family of three boys from Sauvie Island to Wallowa County. Mark started spraying weeds for the county road department. Peg became the Wallowa County Director of the Commission on Children and Families and later the Eastern Region Coordinator of the State Commission on Children and Families, where she learned how to manage grants. Peg accompanied Mark and their sons on some spray trips, so she knows what it's like to walk in "blue boots". Eventually, Mark wanted to return to their agricultural roots, so he left his spraying job to pursue farming, an operation that continues to grow with the help of their oldest son. They grow and perform custom harvest work for grain and hay. Peg loves being part of an organization that helps people get jobs that improve our land and loves doing work that allows people who perform the ground work not to worry about paperwork.

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