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Alyssa Cudmore - Forest Family Coordinator

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Alyssa was born and raised on a small family woodland in the Willamette Valley in Oregon with her three sisters, grandma, parents, and many animals. She has lived several places since, but her most recent adventure was receiving her Master's Degree in Natural Resources Management and Regional Planning with a focus on rural development and conflict resolution from the University of Michigan. After falling in love with the Wallowas during a fellowship at Wallowa Resources in 2015, she is thrilled to return to Enterprise with her partner, Kevin, who is a physician assistant at Winding Waters Clinic.

She has a professional background in land use planning, housing & civil rights work, nonprofit management, trail construction & youth development, community-based forestry, sustainable agriculture, private landowner engagement, several years working with tribal communities throughout the US, and a big interest in building connections between our urban and rural communities‚Äč' landowners. This works pretty well, because as the Family Forest Coordinator she manages the My Blue Mountains Woodland Partnership - a collaborative group of private landowners, nonprofits, and public organizations empowering and connecting landowners to knowledge and resources available in our community to manage their lands. Managing your land is hard, and you shouldn't have to do it alone.

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Andy Marcum - Watershed Stewardship Field Officer

andy marcumAndy was born and raised in Wallowa County. Growing up hunting and fishing in such a beautiful place is where Andy grew passionate about the outdoors, conservation and the rural lifestyle.

Andy graduated from Enterprise High School in 2005 and has acquired a diverse background since. After completing 5 years in the Marine Corps as a Military Police K9 Handler, Andy and his wife, Lindsey, moved to Minnesota where Andy worked as a Agricultural Land and Outreach Specialist. Through this work Andy gained extensive knowledge and experience with invasive species treatment, developing grazing and cropping systems, community organizing and a holistic approach to restoring prairie and grassland ecosystems while improving wildlife habitat. Andy also served on his county's Waterplan Taskforce, Regional Prairie Implementation Team, Cooperative Weed Management Team and Board Member of the Regional Cattlemen's Association.

Now, Andy, his wife and their 3 boys have returned to Wallowa County to raise their family and where Andy's passion for land stewardship and rural communities can be focused to the one place he's always called "Home."

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Matt King - Renewable Energy Program Advisor

mattkingMatt is an Eastern Oregon transplant, having found his way here after a long journey from the Pacific Coast of Northern California. He first stumbled upon Oregon at a student at Reed College, in Portland, and then worked as a fish biologist for a large Renewable Energy Developer before leaving the big city and making his way to greener, and thankfully drier, pastures. In Eastern Oregon, he worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife for a time, but finally found a truer calling with Wallowa Resources. As a Renewable Energy Program Advisor for WR Community Solutions, Inc., Matt is always looking for ways to bring new energy projects into fruition, for the benefit of the community and the environment. Matt splits time between the Pacific Northwest and East Africa, where he manages community development and agriculture projects. In his spare time, he can usually be found messing about in boats on some far-flung river, or at least out and about enjoying the woods and smelling the flowers.

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Jeff Costello - Forest Collaborative Facilitator

jeff costelloHaving grown up in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, Jeff developed a deep-seated love for the mountains at an early age. To this day, if it involves scaling a mountain, or skiing down one, you can count him in!

With a formal academic background in Environmental Science/Biology, Jeff’s original aim of teaching high school science diverged down a separate, yet somewhat parallel, path, when he began working in the field of Experiential Education, focusing on Team and Leadership Development. He considers himself one lucky guy, having spent the better part of the past two decades working in some pretty memorable settings - from the corporate board rooms of Silicon Valley, to the halls of local governments, to high school and university campuses, to remote villages in the Andes and southern Africa.

When not on his proverbial “soapbox”, espousing the merits of great leadership and the power of human collaboration, Jeff serves as a board member for the Wallowa Valley Arts Council and is the current Director of the annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. He’s also constantly scanning the horizon for his next alpine adventure - his dog, Denali, often at his side.

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Carla Young - Campground Manager and Building Maintenance

carla youngCarla and her family have deep roots in Wallowa County. She was born and raised in Wallowa County and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1973. She is fourth generation Wallowa County resident. Her family homesteaded the Zumwalt area and rode the trail with the Nez Perce to the lower Imnaha for the winter months.

Carla is the Campground Manager for Wallowa Resources’ Community Solutions, Inc. (WRCSI) and has been in this position for 8 years for us and for 5 years with the United States Forest Services (USFS). Carla continuing in this role when WRCSI in partnership with Wallowa County and Oregon State Parks took over the campground management from the USFS was a huge asset and made the process seamless. Prior to giving all her attention to the Campground Manager position, she was also an equipment inspector for ground support for the Interagency on numerous fire incidents.

Carla’s love for the great outdoors and Wallowa County’s history makes the campgrounds her perfect office. Carla delights in meeting and greeting campground visitors to share her love of the great outdoors and Wallowa County’s history.