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brianclappBrian was born and raised just outside Yellowstone National Park in rural Idaho where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and a general love of the outdoors. He left Idaho in 1997 when he entered the United States Army at the age of 17. He was stationed in Georgia where he attended basic training, airborne school, and became an Army Ranger. After his military service, Brian returned to Idaho and pursued an environmental science degree at the University of Idaho and married his high school sweetheart, Holly. Brian was first introduced to noxious weed control and natural resource management as he worked his way through college employed by the BLM, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, and Bonneville County weed program. He has spent the last 4 years as a Noxious Weed Superintendent in Custer County, Idaho. He was responsible for managing a weed crew which inventoried, treated, and monitored terrestrial and aquatic invasive species across roughly 4 million acres of BLM, National Forest, state, county, and private lands in the rugged mountains of central Idaho. Brian has 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, Brian honed the networking and grant writing skills which he will bring to Wallowa Resources. He, his wife, and their two boys are excited to finally realize a long time dream of living in Oregon and can't wait to experience all Wallowa County and the surrounding areas have to offer.

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peg vanderzandenPeg comes to us with a wealth of experience and passion for working lands. She and her husband, Mark moved their family of three boys from Sauvie Island where they were involved with a family farm to Wallowa County fifteen years ago. Mark was hired on to spray weeds for the county road dept. and she stepped into the Wallowa County Director to the Commission on Children and Families and later the Eastern Region Coordinator to the State Commission on Children and Families, where she learned the ins and outs of managing grants. Desiring to get back to their farming roots, Mark left the county spray job to pursue farming and during that transition contracted with Wallowa Resources to spray weeds. Peg accompanied Mark and sons on some of the spray trips so she knows what it's like to walk in "blue boots". Their farming operation has grown with the help of their oldest son, who is now in partnership with Mark. They grow grain and hay and perform custom hay and grain harvest work with the help of their other two boys who assist when they can through the spring and summers. Peg loves the idea of being a part of an organization that is working to help people get jobs that improve our land. And, to be able to do the behind the scenes work so people who want to perform the ground work don't have to worry about all the paperwork that it takes to get the money in for the jobs.

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sararh skaarSarah has strong family ties to Wallowa County. She works in Agriculture and natural resource management every day – in the work she does for Wallowa Resources and WR Community Solutions Inc., and hands-on operating the cattle/hay ranching operation she owns with her husband. As well as owning and operating a cattle/hay ranch with her husband, Sarah assists with WRCSI's suite of technical writing services for individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, institutions, organizations and other entities. Among these "community solutions" are grant and funding proposal preparation, reporting, technical writing, applications, communication and education pieces and various publications. Sarah has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington State University.

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matt kingMatt 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 as 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 the Renewable Energy Program Coordinator 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. 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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