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Rachel Plawecki - Special Initiatives Program Associate

rachel plaweckiA native of Detroit, Michigan, Rachel spent her summers on the shores of the Great Lakes and in the woods of northern Michigan. Rachel is passionate about finding practical policy solutions to natural resource problems, and in using communications to improve the outcomes of groups working in rural communities. In her role as the Program Associate for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and the Wallowa-Whitman Forest Collaborative, she supports both in communications, outreach, logistics, strategy, and organizing.

She fell in love with natural resource issues while taking a class on Food Ethics at Michigan State University, and decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. While in school, she ventured to DC to do a summer internship with the National Association of State Foresters, and has been working toward a career in natural resource policy ever since. After doing a second internship at Sustainable Northwest in Portland, OR, Rachel went on to receive a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on the use of social marketing to better engage private woodland owners. She comes to Wallowa Resources as a recent transplant to the Northwest, eager to explore eastern Oregon and beyond.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and experimenting with edible insects.

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Lindsey Wood Jones - Wallowa Canyonlands Project Assistant

lindsey wood jonesLindsey hails from rural West Virginia, where she learned to love farms, forests, and streams. After working on natural resource management issues on three continents, Lindsey and her husband finally decided to move to Wallowa County in 2011. Wallowa County's varied and abundant natural resources, and the good folks who live here, have enticed Lindsey and her growing family to stay. Lindsey joined Wallowa Resources in 2014, and has been working as a weed warrior with the Wallowa Canyonlands Partnership (WCP) ever since. WCP is a good fit for Lindsey because she believes that integrated weed management is a key component in supporting resilient natural resources. Prior to working for Wallowa Resources, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Department of Defense, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and Oregon State Parks. When she's not at work, Lindsey is busy with her husband (Justin) raising a daughter (Annie), two dogs, several chickens, a surly cat, and an ever-growing garden. She's also an all-season runner, hearts-player, reader, and knitter. Lindsey volunteers for the local Nature Conservancy office and serves on the Lands Committee of the Wallowa Land Trust.

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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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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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