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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.

Rick Bombaci - GIS Specialist and Development Coordinator

rick bombaciA resident of Wallowa County since 1980, Rick worked with Wallowa Resources in the early 2000s as its Business Development Officer. He returned to the organization in 2013 to focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database development, and IT management. In other work experience, he has taught high school, worked as a wilderness ranger, owned a computer business serving businesses and non-profits throughout the Pacific Northwest, and served as the Development Director and Interim Executive Director at a literary non-profit. Rick's other interests include the arts, hiking, travel, his family, and volunteer service.

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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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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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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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