The mission of the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District is to collaborate with willing landowners, government agencies and other organizations to facilitate the conservation or restoration of western Shasta County’s natural resources.
The WSRCD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with the support of associate directors, all local landowners and business people, appointed by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors. It is important for the board membership to reflect a broad knowledge about conservation, along with a respect for agriculture, forestry, mining, and other endeavors that use natural resources.
We are always looking for new Associate Directors. If you would like to receive more information about the District or attend one of our meetings, call us at 530-365-7332 or contact us via email. We can send you an agenda and information packet.
Dennis HeimanBoard 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 north regions of California.
Melissa joined the WSRCD Board in 2018 and became the Board Vice President in 2019. Melissa attended the University of Nevada-Reno and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Science in 2004. Melissa continued her education at the University of Nevada-Reno and received her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Health. Melissa is currently a Forestry and Natural Resources Instructor at Shasta College.
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 municipalities. Alan brings many years of engineering experience to the WSRCD. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, livestock, and his family.
Lois graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry in 1976. In 1977, to gain experience in timber, she applied for a job with W.M. Beaty & Associates marking salvage after the massive Scarface Fire in remote Modoc County. She moved to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (now CalFire) and spent 15 years as a Forest Practice Inspector in the Redwood Region before going to the Sierra Cascade Region. During her time at CalFire, Kaufman was well respected for her skills in supervision and mentorship. She held many titles, including Public Officer, Incident Management Team Finance Chief, and Public Information Officer, ending her CalFire career in 2007 as the Deputy Chief of Resource Management overseeing the Forest Practice Program for the Shasta Trinity Unit and Latour Demonstration State Forest where she was once a seasonal aide. Retirement, however, was short lived; Kaufman continued her tireless work in forestry becoming the Executive Director of the California Tree Farm Program of the American Tree Farm System (ATFS). She and her husband are tree farmers themselves and it was a natural fit to give back to the landowners and the profession of forestry that gave her so much. She has since helped develop numerous important contributions to the community including public education videos and a new landowner assistance program. She also visits legislators to advocate for forest landowners in California. Lois joined the WSRCD Board in 2019.
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 and went on and worked 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 County and Calaveras County. 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 and he is a director on the Igo Ono Community Services District board.
Mike Berry is a retired Senior Environmental Scientist after a thirty year career with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Water Resources. Mike has a fisheries degree form Shasta College, and a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. During Mike’s 30 year career, he has been responsible for reviewing timber harvest plans, managing habitat for wild trout and anadromous salmon and steelhead, recommending regulation changes and monitoring effects of management and regulation changes. Mike has also supervised staff that wrote, reviewed and enforced environmental documents and regulations. Mike has been extensively involved in meadow restoration, side channel restoration, shaded fuel break planning and implementation, Clear Creek and Cow Creek restoration, irrigation efficiency, and many other projects beneficial for water use, fire safety, and Fish and Wildlife enhancement. Mike has lived most of his life in Northern California including living in Trinidad, Hayfork, and Cottonwood. Mike’s hobbies include photography, fishing, hunting, kayaking, biking and many other outdoor activities.
Maureen Teubert, District Manager
Maureen Teubert has over 20 years of experience working in the conservation and natural resource management fields and has been employed with the WSRCD for over a decade. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with an Environmental Ethics Minor from Humboldt State University (2001). During her tenure at the WSRCD, Maureen has been instrumental in planning, coordinating, evaluating and implementing programs and projects in all areas of the District. Maureen has written an administered dozens of grants and was the Project Manager for the ten-year Interlakes Stewardship Agreement with the Redding BLM Field Office that resulted in multiple fuels reduction projects throughout the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area west of Redding. In addition to her work at the WSRCD, Maureen has an extensive background in natural resource management. Following her graduation from HSU, Maureen worked for Pacific Lumber Company (PALCO), helping to implement their Habitat Conservation Plan as part of their interdisciplinary Science Team. During her time at PALCO, Maureen worked in the field, completing extensive stream and habitat monitoring including channel surveys, fish habitat surveys, stream sediment sampling, turbidity monitoring, stream temperature monitoring, large woody debris surveys, and various other stream and water related monitoring. Maureen has extensive experience in water resource management including performing groundwater, surface and waste-water monitoring, field collection and lab processing of water quality samples; stream velocity measurements and other aquatic monitoring applications. In addition, Maureen worked as a consultant for Haling & Associates, in Chico, CA as a Staff Hydrologist and for Dynamic Planning + Science based in Montrose, CO, as a Senior Planner.
Kelli England, Chief of Field Operations/District Safety Officer/Human Resources
Kelli graduated from Shasta College in 2015 with an AS in Agricultural Trades and a Certificate in Forestry/Natural Resources. Following graduation, she immediately went to work with the US Forest Service as a Range Technician. Hired by the RCD in August 2016 as a Forestry Technician, she quickly began taking on the responsibilities of the Field Crew Supervisor and in less than six months was promoted to Chief of Field Operations and the District Safety Officer. Kelli obtained her Qualified Applicator Certificate in April of 2017, and oversees all aspects of the WSRCD Field Operations, including hiring and managing all field crew personnel, purchasing and maintaining field equipment and vehicles, scheduling personnel and equipment for all WSRCD Projects, and developing and maintaining all field and office safety protocols for the WSRCD. Kelli also orders materials and supplies for all projects and oversees the delivery and tracking of these orders to ensure that all materials and supplies are correctly distributed to the associated projects.
Sharon McBroome, Grant Accountant
Sharon joined the WSRCD team in 2017 and has been instrumental in developing new and more detailed grant accounting procedures for the District over the past year. Sharon has extensive Grant Accounting experience and currently oversees grant accounting for all of the WSRCD’s current projects. Sharon completes all aspects of budget tracking, invoicing, financial reporting and any other tasks associated with her grant accounting duties, which she will also do for this project. Sharon will provide budget support for the District Manager and Project Manager on this project in order to ensure that the project payments are processed in a timely manner and invoicing is submitted completely and with all required backup documentation.
Ross Perry, Project Manager
Ross joined the WSRCD team in September of 2015 and has enjoyed the diverse range of projects he is exposed to as well as the ability to leave his mark on Shasta County through the RCD’s conservation efforts. After graduating from CSU Chico in 2013 with a degree in Music with special interest in jazz drumming, Ross moved back to Siskiyou County and started working for the Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District, where he assisted with water quality monitoring and riparian restoration on the Shasta River. Since joining the WSRCD, Ross was instrumental in implementing the Clover Creek/Millville Diversion Fisheries Restoration Project as the Project Coordinator. As the PC for that project, he oversaw all elements of construction including coordinating with Project Engineers, daily implementation of biological monitors during construction, relaying information to construction contractors, and general project oversight. In addition, Ross coordinated with the USFWS Red Bluff Field Office to install and maintain a Video Fish Weir at Clover Creek following completion of construction in order to monitor the success of the newly installed fish ladders at the Millville Diversion. Finally, Ross served as the Interim District Manager for the WSRCD for several months as the District transitioned from the prior District Manager to the current one.
The Western Shasta RCD is involved with the following types of projects:
Wetland and Riparian Habitat Restoration
- Riparian land restoration
- Floodplain restoration
- Sediment removal from anadromous fish streams
- Spawning gravel injections
- Information and outreach
- Fish screens and fish passage construction
- Defensible space creation
- Fuelbreak construction and maintenance
- Information and outreach
- Community wildfire protection plans – strategic fuels reduction plans
- County and local fire safe councils
- Removal of exotic weeds
- Assure that land will be preserved forever in a specific condition, such as open space
- Prevents any use of the land that would impair or interfere with the conservation values of the preserve
- Legally binding in perpetuity, regardless of whether the property is sold