Dennis Heiman, President
In 2010, Dennis retired after 35 years as an Environmental Scientist with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. While at the Regional Board’s Redding office, he was involved with providing technical and financial assistance (via state and federal grants) to a number of locally directed watershed management programs throughout the northern part of the Sacramento River basin. Currently, he is a director on the nonprofit Sacramento River Watershed Program and continues to participate with several north state watershed groups and Integrated Regional Water Management programs. Prior to Water Board employment, he received his BS in Fisheries Biology and MS in Aquatic Entomology from Michigan State University and PhD in Aquatic Ecology from Univ. of CA, Davis. In addition to his passion for resource conservation Dennis very much enjoys hunting and fishing in the northern regions of California.
Ben Letton, Vice President
Ben was born and raised in neighboring Trinity County and has been a Shasta County resident since 2008. He holds a BS from UC Davis in Hydrology and a MS from Humboldt State in Natural Resource Planning. Ben has over twenty years of combined education and career work in natural resources and conservation; including working in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. He is a licensed Professional Geologist and currently works in water quality control and protection. Ben has been involved with the WSRCD since 2008 and became a Board Director in 2014. In his free time he likes to hunt, fish, ski, mountain bike, run, backpack, garden, and spend quality family time with his two young boys and wife, Sara.
Phil Schoefer, Director
Since 1976 Phil has been in the ranching business and currently owns and operates the Schoefer Ranch near Cottonwood in Shasta County. Prior to ranching he was the owner/operator of Schoefer Dairy Ranch and a contractor for McCalls Dairy. Phil’s education includes a BS in Agriculture and Crop Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture from Shasta College. He has served as a Director of Western Shasta Resource Conservation District since 1988. From 1990-2000, and 2004 to 2016 Phil held the position of President. Currently Phil serves on the Ore-Cal Resource Conservation & Development District Council.
Elizabeth Betancourt, Director
Became a Director in December, 2015. Elizabeth Betancourt began her career in water resources as an intern at the Sacramento Water Forum. This experience shaped her passion for water resources and multi-benefit resource planning. Since that time, she has earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology (UC Davis) and an M.S. in Watershed Science (Colorado State University), along with more than a decade of experience in water resources planning in general, and Integrated Regional Water Management in particular. Elizabeth has used her scientific background and her natural tendency toward cooperation and collaboration to build consensus surrounding natural resources management in a variety of venues, and with a diverse array of stakeholders. Elizabeth currently works as a Policy Analyst for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy where she contributes to strategic policy development and tools to help keep rural communities healthy and safe. Elizabeth and her husband also own Oliview Farm, a small CSA in Happy Valley where Mottled Java poultry roam the property in mobile coops. They harvest and mill the Mission Olives every November/December and grow heirloom produce using the French intensive method.
John Moore, Director
John was raised in Weaverville, attending Weaverville Elementary School and graduating from Trinity High School in 1971. He attended Shasta College receiving an AA in Agriculture and Diesel Technology. He went on to work at Shasta College in various departments of the Physical Plant Division from 1974 until retirement in 2013, ultimately serving as Transportation Director and interim Physical Plant Director. Prior to that, John worked in the logging industry in Trinity and Calaceras counties. He currently owns and operates the Arrow B Ranch in the Igo Ono area, primarily raising beef cattle and hay crops, but also including all the typical ancillary animals of a farm, chickens, horses, donkeys, dogs, and cats. John's hobbies include recreational gold mining and gardening. He is also a director on the Igo Ono Community Services District board.
Carl Weidert, Director
Carl received his BA & MS in Biology from California State University Fullerton and a PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara. He developed and managed a business that collected and sold pollen to Pharmaceutical Companies for allergy treatments. He has worked with land use agencies, environmental agencies, and was a management plan commenter for the Sierra Club. Carl is a member of the National Forests Subcommittee, Sierra Club National Public Lands Committee, Shasta Tehama Bioregional Council, California Forest Soils Council, Chairman of the Bear Creek Watershed Group, and a member of the Shasta Conservation Fund.
Alan Hill, Director
Alan Hill joined the WSRCD Board of Directors in December 2016. Having been involved in various RCD projects in the past, he was happy to take the opportunity to serve on the Board. Particularly interested in resource projects that are beneficial to agriculture, water resources, and community agencies, he hopes to support more flood control studies of tributary streams and more mitigation efforts in cooperation and collaboration with federal, state, and county agencies, and local municiplaities. Alan brings many years of engineering experience to the WSRCD. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, livestock, and his family.
The WSRCD Board Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30pm in the WSRCD office, 6270 Parallel Road, Anderson, CA, 96007.
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