Grant D. Werschkull
Grant began working on Smith River watershed issues in 1977 as a consultant to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. Since then, Grant has worked as staff and consultant for a wide range public and private sector clients throughout California including the Nature Conservancy, Redwood National Park, the interest-based Water Forum negotiations in the Sacramento region, and Lopez Agricultural Services. Grant received his M.S. in Ecosystems Management from Antioch University West and his B.S. in Resource Recreation Management from Oregon State University’s School of Forestry.
Marisa Parish Hanson
Marisa is the Director for SRA’s estuary restoration program which involves private landowners and local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, she works with the SRA Executive team on priority watershed restoration and protection projects. Marisa has a M.S. in Natural Resources with a focus in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado Mesa University in 2007. Marisa Master’s thesis titled “Beaver bank lodge use, distribution, and influence on salmonid rearing habitat in the coastal plain of the Smith River” has provided important insights on the relationship between beaver-influenced habitat and use of this habitat by salmonids and other aquatic species. Marisa previously conducted juvenile salmonid surveys across the coastal plain and has also held a variety of field technician positions in forestry, ornithology, herpetology and fisheries with federal, state, and non-profit agencies.
Monica is the coordinator for the SRA’s estuary restoration program and works with the Program Director and project partners to plan, design and implement habitat restoration and land stewardship projects in the Smith River Plain. She is also involved in the Elk Creek Feasibility Study and is partnering with the Executive Director team, diverse stakeholders, agencies and private landowners to plan multi-benefit projects that will increase the resilience of this urban watershed. Monica received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon in 2006, and comes to the Alliance with over 10 years of experience participating in and leading watershed restoration projects with Mattole Restoration Council.
Biologist and Fish Survey Crew Leader
Darci has a M.S. degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Watershed Management and B.A. degree in Geology, both from Humboldt State University. She worked as a geologist with Redwood National Park for over 30 years on many projects and initiatives for restoration and protection of Redwood Creek. She has extensive background in project management ranging from project identification, field assessment, stake-holder engagement, grant writing, environmental compliance and contract oversight. She worked collaboratively with private landowners adjacent and upstream of the national park to improving the watershed. She has served on the boards of the McKinleyville Land Trust and the Arcata Parks and Recreation Commission.
Tara has worked with SRA as a Fisheries Field Biologist since 2011 and now serves as a Project Coordinator. She manages SRA stewardship projects including Rock Creek Ranch volunteer events, river and beach cleanups, field trips, hikes and workshops. She has a BA in Outdoor Education and Environmental Leadership from Warren Wilson College and has worked in a variety of natural resource fields including fisheries, geomorphology, water quality and community health. When she is not coordinating events for SRA she can be found conducting restoration efforts in nearby dune systems, leading educational events for local youth and every now and again, collecting observational data on Smith River salmonid species.
Rock Creek Ranch Caretaker
Rock Creek Ranch Caretaker Emeritus
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